SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Sparkers and those who love and support them. Welcome! SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58499219 HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A baby girl in the US born with HIV and believed cured after very early treatment has now been found to still harbour the virus. <BR> <BR> Tests last week on the four-year-old child from Mississippi indicate she is no longer in remission, say doctors. She had appeared free of HIV as recently as March, without receiving treatment for nearly two years. <BR> <BR> The news represents a setback for hopes that very early treatment of ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:07:10 EST ACLU Just Came Out Against Antidiscr imination Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499182 ACLU Just Came Out Against Antidiscrimination Law Designed to Protect LGBT-- <BR> <BR> <BR> You know things are getting weird when a prominent civil rights organization opposes a nondiscrimination law. <BR> <BR> In a statement released Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and several LGBT rights organizations withdrew their support for the Employee Non- Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination. The bill has passed the Senate and awaits respo... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:04:46 EST Vet sues after burial with gay partner is denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499156 Vet sues after burial with gay partner is denied-- <BR> <BR> <BR> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. <BR> <BR> Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner, whom she met on a blind date in 1995 and marrie... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:03:03 EST The Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499151 The Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Like many a Daily Beast reader, I found Campus Crusade for Christ to be somewhere between annoying and amusing. You remember them from college: the Jesus freaks, intent on spreading the “Good News,” somewhere between quaint and creepy. <BR> <BR> Turns out, CCC—now rebranded, ludicrously, as “Cru”—is a massive organization, and involved in some of the meanest homophobia-for-export in Africa. Not so amusing anymore. <BR> <BR> Remarkabl... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:01:35 EST 7.10.2014 Apple Knows How To Be Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58486347 Plenty of companies support the LGBTQ community, but not many of them would take to the streets like Apple! Employees of Apple went to San Fransisco Pride to stand up and be proud with us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/ap<BR>ple-pride-2014_n_5567439.html?utm_hp_r<BR>ef=gay-voices </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:24:23 EST 7.9.2014 California's Bill 1306 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58476622 California Governor signed in bill 1306 on Monday that allows the term spouse and spouse to be used on government forms instead of always using husband and wife being the only choice for official forms. <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1o5ra.ji/U7xb1OYQ6H1UKyZ_B<BR>5b84 </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:41:32 EST Federal judge to SCOTUS following Hobby Lobby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58473370 Federal judge to Supreme Court following Hobby Lobby decision: ‘STFU’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Writing on his personal blog, a federal judge appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush advised the Supreme Court to avoid “divisive cases” in the future that do more harm than good — such as the recent Hobby Lobby decision – before offering a more blunt suggestion: shut the f*ck up. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska, who is no stranger to controversy for posts he has wr... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:38:22 EST 9 Unexpected Places Where Pride Flags Flew During http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58457764 9 Unexpected Places Where Pride Flags Flew During Pride Month-- <BR> <BR> <BR> From small town America to Moscow, the LGBT pride flag made appearances in some awesome and unexpected places. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/pride/2014/06/30/9-<BR>unexpected-places-where-pride-flags-fl<BR>ew-during-pride-month </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:58:16 EST Peddlers of International Homophobia to Descend on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457740 Peddlers of International Homophobia to Descend on Salt Lake -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The World Congress of Families, an antigay organization labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has set its sights on Salt Lake City as the venue for its annual summit next year. The group will descend on Salt Lake City for pre-summit planning meetings October 22 and 23. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/world/2014/07/02/pe<BR>ddlers-international-homophobia-descen<BR>d-salt-lake </... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:54:56 EST Maine’s GOP governor met with ‘sovereign citizens’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457654 Maine’s GOP governor met with ‘sovereign citizens’ who seek execution of Dems: book -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Maine’s Republican governor vehemently denied claims in a forthcoming book that he discussed executing the state’s Democratic speaker of the House and Senate president. <BR> <BR> A pair of “sovereign citizen” radio hosts said last year on their “Aroostook Watchmen” program that they had met with Gov. Paul LePage and talked about hanging as the punishment for high treason – which the broadc... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:46:58 EST Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457631 Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and the cause of racism, divorce, gay people -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Students in a freshman biology class in Atlanta’s Grady High School were shown a PowerPoint presentation that linked evolution to Satan, abortion, divorce, racism, and homosexuality. <BR> <BR> The Grady High student newspaper, the Southerner, reported that Anquinette Jones used the PowerPoint presentation to teach the theory of evolution to her students during a freshman biology cla... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:44:54 EST Anti-Gay Catholic Bishop Accused of Same-Sex... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457608 Anti-Gay Rights Catholic Bishop Accused of Same-Sex 'Misconduct' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' Archbishop John Nienstedt is well-known for his outspoken statements against gay people and marriage equality. And now, the Catholic leader is under investigation by a law firm hired by the Archdiocese, based on “multiple allegations” that Nienstedt had relations with multiple men, including priests and seminarians. Although he authorized the investigation himself,... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:42:51 EST Hi, Everyone! New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58457138 Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I'm a 30 y/o from New Jersey. I'm here to meet new people and get (and give) support. I've struggled with my weight my entire life, and right now have at least 150 pounds to lose. I'd like to talk with other LGBTQ people who have been through or are going through the same situation. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you soon! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:51:42 EST Vintage black and white photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58447470 Vintage black-and-white photos chronicle the California gay scene from 1969 to 1973 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/an<BR>thony-friedkin_n_5549563.html </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:39:05 EST LGBT Icon: Keith Haring: Artist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58445085 b. May 4, 1958 <BR> d. February 16, 1990 <BR> <BR> "My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can." <BR> <BR> Keith Haring was one of the most influential visual artists of the late 20th century. His bold, cartoon-like images are indelible icons of American art and popular culture. <BR> <BR> As a young artist living in New York City in 1980, Keith Haring had an epiphany: "One day, riding in the subway, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:01:14 EST LGBT Icon: Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58438493 b. July 31, 1932 <BR> d. February 18, 2007 <BR> <BR> "As a teenager, I had to struggle alone to learn about myself and what it meant to be gay. Now for [48] years I've had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It's hard work---but it's vital, and it's gratifying, and it's often f... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:44:07 EST First gay hug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58438443 A cute video inspired by the popular First Kiss one, pairing homophobes with their first gay hug <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1WEtFFPVBU </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:39:02 EST Boycott Hobby Lobby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58438058 Only if you care about civil rights, women, the LGBTQ community, or any religious minority <link>www.allegiancemusical.com/blog-entry<BR>/hobby-lobby-aint-church-its-profit-bu<BR>siness </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:51:02 EST SCOTUS upholds California ban on ‘reparative http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427618 Supreme Court upholds California ban on ‘reparative therapy’ for LGBT youths -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case arguing against California’s ban on reparative therapy for LGBT minors. <BR> <BR> “Reparative therapy” — also known as “conversion therapy” or “ex-gay therapy” — refers to a range of therapeutic practices that attempt to “fix” homosexual and transgender youths. <BR> <BR> The American Psychiatric Association condemns any “psychiatric treatment... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:47:17 EST Brutal attack on lesbian couple after SF Gay Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427599 Brutal attack on lesbian couple after Gay Pride event in San Francisco a hate crime, police say -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Police are investigating the attack on two women at San Francisco’s Gay Pride celebration last week as a hate crime. Detectives were unable to find surveillance video of the attack, but said that they had spoken to witnesses — including the good Samaritan whose intervention caused the attackers to flee — and that they are currently tracking down leads. <BR> <BR> More here: ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:44:50 EST Kentucky Baptist church schedules first gay wed- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427556 Kentucky Baptist church schedules first gay wedding only hours after ban ends -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Only hours after a judge overruled Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, a Baptist church announced that it would be holding its first ever gay wedding. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in Kentucky, but temporarily stayed his ruling while a federal appeals court considered other similar cases. <BR> <BR> Highland Baptist Church... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:41:11 EST Federal judge destroys Kentucky’s ‘bewildering’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427524 Federal judge destroys Kentucky’s ‘bewildering’ claim that gay marriage threatens humanity -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Kentucky could become the first southern state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge determined arguments supporting a ban on such relationships were bewildering and irrational. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled in favor of two gay Louisville couples who challenged the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment and a similar 1998 law violated the constitut... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:38:36 EST 67.3.2014 Burger King Gets Proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58414726 Burger King has started selling their famous Whoppers in a special wrapper for an San Fransisco Pride. I would like to see it sold all over the place, but it's a start! <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nu1y.jn/U7Rz_-YQIaE2fjtUB<BR>b869 </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:13:43 EST 7.2.2014 A Letter To Against Transphobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58403287 Nasir Fleming has decided to use his prom queen title to help fight for acceptance. Just a touch of brilliance to help people be more aware of tolerance. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nrll.jn/U7Mjq-YQxWtCy5F9C<BR>7108 </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:58:51 EST Were These Disney Characters Gay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58398924 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/20/di<BR>sney-gay-characters_n_5515943.html </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:27:17 EST Hobby Lobby & SCOTUS - LGBT Rights at Stake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58398013 Last year at this time we were celebrating two decisions by the Supreme Court: the end of DOMA and the restoration of marriage in California. <BR> <BR> This year the Court has given us all a reason to be VERY concerned. In deciding that certain types of corporations can exclude contraception from workers health insurance based on the owners' religious views in the Hobby Lobby case, the Court's decision may be wrongly interpreted by some to be an invitation to block health insurance for othe... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:32:21 EST BR Council to again consider anti-discr rimination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58384062 Council to again consider anti-discrimination measure -- <BR> <BR> The Baton Rouge Metro Council is again contemplating an anti-discrimination measure supported by the gay community, but it’s unclear how the proposal will fare when council members cast their votes. <BR> <BR> The “fairness ordinance,” as it has been dubbed by its supporters, seeks to ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, vete... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:42 EST Pride around the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58374126 June marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in New York City, an event that helped crystallize the modern-day LGBT rights movement as we know it. Pride Month is a chance to make visible the issues that the LGBT community still faces and to celebrate how far we've come. <BR> <BR> Here's some great images of how cities around the world are publicly showing their pride: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/28/in<BR>ternational-gay-pride-events_n_5491958<BR>.html </link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:12:44 EST First lesbian on CA Court of Appeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58373999 Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has appointed San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese M. Stewart to serve as a justice on the California Court of Appeal, on the First District Court's Division Two. The appointment, made during San Francisco's LGBT Pride weekend, marks an appropriately historic milestone for California's judiciary as well as its LGBT community: Stewart will be the first openly lesbian justice to serve on the California Court of Appeal, if confirmed. <link... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:02:43 EST LGBT Icon: Tim Gill: Philanthropist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58372180 b. October 18, 1953 <BR> <BR> " This fight is not just for the long haul. This fight is forever. " <BR> <BR> Tim Gill founded the highly successful computer company Quark, Inc. and created the Gill Foundation, one of the first major foundations to benefit the LGBT community. <BR> <BR> Tim Gill got hooked on computers when his high school acquired its first computer. It wasn't long until he taught himself to create complex programs. Instead of following in his father's footsteps as a phy... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:47:51 EST NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58366683 NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like a pedophile or animal rapist -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Republican state representative in North Carolina distributed literature to a gay colleague on Tuesday that compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. <BR> <BR> During a debate over a bill to expand charter schools in North Carolina, Democratic state Rep. Susan Fisher offered an amendment that would have prohibited schools from “discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:11:38 EST Ralph Reed: Opposing same-sex marriage is ‘definit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58366649 Ralph Reed: Opposing same-sex marriage is ‘definitely a winner’ for Republicans -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed asserted in a recent interview that Republicans would definitely come out ahead in the 2014 elections by opposing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. <BR> <BR> During an interview with Bloomberg TV over the weekend, host Al Hunt asked Reed if evangelical Christians would reject any candidate who supported same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> “Tha... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:05:59 EST WATCH: Rick Santorum says gay marriage hurts the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58366630 WATCH: Rick Santorum says gay marriage hurts the economy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum attended the March for Marriage in Washington D.C. today and gave an interview with TownHall in which he blamed the current state of the economy on the increasing national acceptance of gay marriage. <BR> <BR> Marriage is not, Santorum said, solely about “a romantic relationship between two people.” <BR> <BR> “It’s also about,” he added... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:02:41 EST Pending marriage equality cases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58365328 Updated list of pending marriage equality cases, for those of you who love to keep track of history as it happens: <link>www.lambdalegal.org/pending-marriage<BR>-equality-cases </link> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:41:37 EST Tona Brown makes history http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58365243 Tona Brown Makes History: The violinist and singer is the first transgender African-American woman to play Carnegie Hall. <BR> <BR> Sissieretta Jones made history June 15, 1892, by being the first African-American female to sing at Carnegie Hall. It took 122 years, but now the first openly transgender African-American performer will play the hallowed venue when the violinist and mezzo-soprano takes the stage June 25, 2014. <BR> <BR> With the support of GLAAD, Tona Brown looked to crowd-fund... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:32:20 EST LGBT Icon: David Geffen: Media Mogul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58362777 b. February 21, 1943 <BR> <BR> "Happy is harder than money. Anybody who thinks money will make them happy, hasn't got money." <BR> <BR> David Geffen is a legendary music, theater, and film mogul. He supports philanthropic causes through the David Geffen Foundation. <BR> <BR> David Geffen has shaped popular culture for more than 30 years by launching the careers of many of the greatest performers of our time. His success in the entertainment business has come from his exceptional ability... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:09:11 EST Windsor anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58345028 One year ago today, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases in history for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since June 2013, every single one of the 15 court cases striking down bans on marriage equality has used the Windsor ruling at the core of its legal decision. <BR> <BR> All of this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York volunteer decided she wouldn't take no for an answer. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:50:18 EST 6.26.2014 2 More States Are A Go For Marriages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58341166 A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that conservative Utah may not ban gay couples from marrying, a decision that capped a day of victories for same-sex nuptials and nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Indiana had the same thing happen as well. I always thought Utah would be one of the last holdouts. <BR> <BR> <link>hsrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AnSQpAPA4Y.pw_UD<BR>nfpfSICbvZx4;_ylc=X3oDMTloMnFtbjJwBF9T<BR>AzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEYQMxNDA2MjUgbmV3cyBpbm<BR>RpYW5hIGdheSBtYXJyaWFnZSB0BGFpZA... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:11:24 EST Indiana and Utah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58335040 Big day for marriage equality! <BR> <BR> Indiana! (Baskin v. Bogan, Fujii v. Pence, and Lee v. Pence) "For the reasons set forth below, the court finds that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban violates the due process clause and equal protection clause and is, therefore, unconstitutional." Decision: <link>bit.ly/1jOpKH0 </link> <BR> <BR> Utah! 10th Circuit affirms district court: "We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to, establish a family, raise children, and... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:05:33 EST 6.25.2014 Mayors Meet To End Discrimination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58331117 Mayors from many states that still have laws in place against same sex marriages met to try and fight the discrimination in their states and move forward. It is a big step to get politicians like this to work this hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nc5o.jn/U6nrg-YQcpEbb2BfB<BR>c47f </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:28:13 EST LGBT Icon: Barney Frank: Congressman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58325491 b. March 31, 1940 <BR> <BR> "The issue is not that morals be applied to public policy; it's that conservatives bring public policy to spheres of our lives where it should not enter." <BR> <BR> Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) is the highest-ranking and longest-serving openly gay politician in the United States. <BR> <BR> Congressman Frank is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Prior to entering Congress, he served in state and local government, including e... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:54 EST LGBT Icon: Ellen DeGeneres: Comedian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58314482 b. January 26, 1958 <BR> <BR> "For me, it's that I contributed . . . that I'm on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That's to me the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all the negative stuff going on in life." <BR> <BR> Popular comedian Ellen DeGeneres was the first openly gay actor to portray a gay character on a leading primetime television program. <BR> <BR> In April 1997, Ellen DeGeneres, the star of her own ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:17:42 EST US Presbyterians get green light for same-sex wedd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308495 US Presbyterians get green light for same-sex weddings -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - The nearly 1.9 million member Presbyterian Church USA has given its pastors the green light to marry gay and lesbian couples, in another coup for marriage equality in the United States. <BR> <BR> The decision by the influential mainline Protestant denomination's General Assembly in Detroit, which ends Saturday, follows "much thought, discussion and prayer," it said in a statement. <BR> <BR> Its pas... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:08:42 EST UK bans teaching of creationism in any school that http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308466 UK bans teaching of creationism in any school that receives public funding -- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Thursday, the United Kingdom expanded its ban on the teaching of creationism from all state schools, to all state schools as well as semi-private Free Schools and Academies. <BR> <BR> The decision effectively means that no school in the United Kingdom can teach creationism or any other “anti-scientific” dogma without losing the entirety of its funding, as they would be violating “the requiremen... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:06:05 EST Religious right looks beyond gay marriage to next http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308448 Religious right looks beyond gay marriage to next battles -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - Hundreds of conservative Republicans who gathered for the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference this week in Washington see a conflict raging across the United States pitting their faith and family values against liberal encroachment fueled by President Barack Obama. <BR> <BR> Marriage sanctity has been a pillar of that platform, but five months before mid-term elections and 1... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:03:49 EST Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Jr. would agree http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308424 Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Jr. would agree that gay marriage is like the Holocaust -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fox News host Mike Huckabee on Thursday compared the effort to prevent LGBT people from having equal marriage rights to fighting against Nazi Germany. <BR> <BR> Speaking at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that there was “no basis in the law” that gave a single judge the right to strike down same-sex marriage bans, like Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chri... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:00:52 EST LGBT Hero: Alan Turing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58302271 COMPUTER PIONEER AND VICTIM OF COLD WAR HOMOPHOBIA, 1912 <BR> <BR> Turing, Alan (1912-1954) <BR> <BR> It would be difficult to overestimate the importance to the modern world of the mathematical, philosophical, and cryptographic work of Alan Mathison Turing. A gifted mathematician, Turing is remembered today as one of the founders of computer science. <BR> <BR> The gay and lesbian community remembers Turing not only for his work on computers and the cracking of the Enigma machine code dur... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:20:11 EST Sex is complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58302017 Even those of us who distinguish between sex and gender, who understand that gender is a cultural construct, too often reduce sex to a binary. But when we dig into the science of sex, it turns out that the fundamental categorizations we take for granted—male and female—are not fundamental at all. The assumption that there are only two sexes is wrong. Sex, like gender, is a construct—and it varies. <link>www.slate.com/articles/health_and_sc<BR>ience/medical_examiner/2014/06/nationa<BR>l_revie... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:55:29 EST 7 Things Happy Lesbians do Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58301773 <link>http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesb<BR>ianhealth/ss/7-Things-Happy-Lesbians-D<BR>o-Differently.htm </link> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:18:29 EST Historic Trans Triumph! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58292350 Underscoring a significant shift in Canadian law, a 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate officiating his status as male. <BR> <BR> The certificate was publicly presented to Wren Kauffman as part of an Edmonton pride brunch hosted by the city’s mayor — the result of a complaint Wren filed with the Alberta Human Rights Commission based on the inability to amend his listed sex. <BR> <BR> Before today, Alberta only allowed a person’s sex to be switched... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:23:42 EST 45 Years after Stonewall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58292020 It's been 45 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, but their significance and impact are still as relevant today as ever before. <BR> <BR> In honor of this monumental anniversary, the Arcus Foundation and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation have organized "Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History," a walking exhibition in New York's Greenwich Village where the modern-day LGBT revolution first began. <BR> <BR> The exhibition consists of 26 posters displayed in various ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:36:40 EST Texas GOP chairman mocks his own party’s endorse- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58289412 Texas GOP chairman mocks his own party’s endorsement of discredited ex-gay therapy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The recent decision by the Republican Party of Texas to throw their support behind voluntary ‘reparative therapy’ for gays and lesbians has not been met with approval with all Texas Republicans, including Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri. <BR> <BR> Speaking with Texas Public Radio, Munisteri said he doesn’t believe LGBT individuals can be converted to heterosexuality simply by talking to... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:35:44 EST Obama extends family leave rights of legally mar- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58289367 Obama extends family leave rights of legally married same-sex couples -- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states, a White House official said. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/20/obama<BR>-extends-family-leave-rights-of-legall<BR>y-married-same-sex-couples/ </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:32:59 EST CA pastor orders Christians to ‘isolate’ LGBT kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280207 CA pastor orders Christians to ‘isolate’ LGBT kids and then ‘turn them over to Satan’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> California Pastor John MacArthur said during a recent edition of his “Grace to You” show that parents of LGBT kids should cast them out of their lives and “turn them over to Satan.” Americans Against the Tea Party reported that the pastor was responding to a question from a congregant about parenting a gay child. <BR> <BR> “My adult child just ‘came out,’” wrote MacArthur’s viewer, “‘in... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:05:37 EST Texas judge ignores DNA tests, refuses parental... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280174 Texas judge ignores DNA tests, refuses parental rights because gay dads are married -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A judge in Texas has refused to list two fathers on the birth certificates of their children because the men are gay. <BR> <BR> Same-sex couple Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs, who were legally married in Washington, D.C., both have biological children, who share the same surrogate mother. Neither of the men are listed on their biological child’s birth certificate. <BR> <BR> Hanna and Riggs ha... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:03:18 EST MI church bars openly gay man after commitment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280155 MI church bars openly gay man after commitment ceremony proves he ‘acts on’ urges -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Michigan man said that he was “shunned” by St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette because he publicly declared his love for another man. <BR> <BR> Bobby Glenn Brown told WLUC that problems with the church began last Saturday after a commitment ceremony with his partner of 31 years, Don Roberts. <BR> <BR> Although Brown — who was well known in the community as an actor, singer and a d... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:01:36 EST Senate confirms first openly gay black federal.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280128 Senate confirms first openly gay black federal judge -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The U.S. Senate on Tuesday for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to become a top-level federal judge, voting 98-0 to approve President Barack Obama’s choice of Darrin Gayles for a district court in Florida. <BR> <BR> By a vote of 52-44, senators also endorsed Obama's pick of Staci Yandle, an openly gay black woman, to serve on a federal district court in Illinois. While that is not a first, the White Hous... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:59:18 EST Action: Remove gay "cure" books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58271690 Tomorrow in Spain, a dangerous book is launching that teaches parents how to "cure" their children of being gay – and some of the main bookstores in the country, like Amazon, El Corte Inglés and La Casa del Libro, are selling it. <BR> <BR> These stores have policies prohibiting products that promote discrimination. But instead, they're making money from spreading dangerous "treatments" that could lead so many young people to self-destructive behavior and even suicide. <BR> <BR> Here's a lin... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:41:43 EST 6.19.2014 Beautiful Coming Out Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58267090 Found a great story of a child and his mother, hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/ni<BR>ne-year-old-gay-son-_n_5500763.html?ut<BR>m_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:54:45 EST 6.18.2014 Teen Made To Remove Makeup For License http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58261691 A teen in South Carolina was forced to remove makeup he was wearing before he was able to get his drivers license photo taken. A local transgender rights group is asking that the teen is able to retake the photo. The employees claim the the boy was trying to be disguised. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/ge<BR>nder-non-conforming-teen-drivers-licen<BR>se-_n_5500143.html </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:58:15 EST Army upgrades lesbian’s discharge to honorable... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245765 Army upgrades lesbian’s discharge to honorable 35 years after booting her for being gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> An Oklahoma woman is celebrating after the U.S. Army changed her discharge status from “other than honorable” to honorable 35 years after she was kicked out of the service for being a homosexual. <BR> <BR> Lisa Weiszmiller, 53, told The Oklahoman that she suffers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of treatment she received while attending military police training at Fort Mc... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:32:40 EST Court overturns Alabama’s gay-sex ban! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245730 Court overturns Alabama’s gay-sex ban -- <BR> <BR> <BR> MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional, an Alabama appeals court has ruled. <BR> <BR> The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals declared the so-called sexual-misconduct law unconstitutional based on a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a similar Texas law on due-process grounds. The judges said no other Alabama court had addressed the law’s constitutionality. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:30:38 EST Obama’s executive order expanding LGBT job.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245681 Obama’s executive order expanding LGBT job protections largest in US history -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The White House announced on Monday that President Barack Obama will issue an executive order requiring all companies with federal government contracts to refrain from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. <BR> <BR> It is currently legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation in 29 states, and in 33 states it is legal to fire people fo... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:27:22 EST 6.17: Gay Couple In Wisconsin Got An Amazing Surpr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58243630 Gay Couple In Wisconsin Got An Amazing Surprise At Dinner <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/ne<BR>wlywed-gay-couple-dinner_n_5470241.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:32:39 EST 13 Things You Should Never Put In The Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58243507 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/mi<BR>crowave-cooking-tips_n_5488231.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:51:46 EST Separation of church and state http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58239220 The U.S. Supreme Court today did a good thing for our nation's young people – especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth – when it denied an appeal from the Elmbrook School District, leaving in place a federal appeals court decision that said holding public high school graduations in a church was unconstitutional for violating the separation of church and state. <BR> <BR> Read the rest here: <link>us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e2bbf63<BR>8ef2297cb0709a63be&id=9d7899271b&e=754<BR... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:02:27 EST Bozeman, MT Gives Final OK to Nondiscrim ination.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58235946 Bozeman, Mont., Gives Final OK to Nondiscrimination Law -- <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s official – Bozeman, Mont., has an LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinance. <BR> <BR> The City Commission finalized its approval of the ordinance by a unanimous vote Monday night, after having given it preliminary approval last month, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/politics/2014/06/05<BR>/bozeman-mont-gives-final-ok-nondiscri<BR>mination-law </link> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:39:49 EST Lesbian African safari company turns 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58235759 For a decade Jody Cole, owner and operator of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, has unraveled the continent's mystery, magic, and complexity for travelers. <BR> <BR> Cole, a 52-year-old lesbian, started out before she formed the company, sharing her love for Africa with friends as a safari guide. In 2005, she began taking travelers to Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, to name a few of the countries through which she's trekked. <BR> <BR> Today, more than 300 people have follow... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:27:30 EST LGBT groups ditch ENDA support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58235716 A growing number of national and statewide LGBT organizations are coming out against the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying that while it bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the federal law also would allow religious organizations to discriminate against LGBTs even in non-ministerial or non-pastoral capacities. <BR> <BR> Advocates for LGBT equality maintain the proposed religious exemption, unprecedented in civil rights legisl... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:24:34 EST Gay Dads Share Their Stories for Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58225219 Gay fathers from around the country tell us about their Father’s Day plans and memories, and what this special day means to them. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/ga<BR>y-fathers-day-2014_n_5489751.html </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:07:45 EST Gay Father's Day eCard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58217470 The Huffington Post | By Curtis M. Wong | 06/12/2014 <BR> <BR> Just in time for Father's Day, Hallmark is honoring children with two dads with a special eCard. <BR> <BR> Created by transgender artist Kylie Summer Wu, "I'll Take Two" depicts a young girl shopping for Father's Day gifts, selecting two of each item before introducing her two fathers. The clip concludes with both fathers and their daughter sharing a hug. <BR> <BR> "The greatest dad in the world," the eCard reads. "I've got tw... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:52:54 EST Newlyweds after five decades http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58216673 Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, the lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married June 2 after more than 50 years of love and commitment. See photos of their celebration: <link>support.lambdalegal.org/site/R?i=f66<BR>FQ_sNNSi4I_mJtg4KZw </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:47:27 EST Hello from Texas :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58205953 Hi everyone! My name's Amanda and I've been on Spark a little over three years now. Branching out to new Sparkteams. I've come here because I'm an agender bisexual biological female, married for 15 years with three sons aged 13, 11, and 10. I'm hoping to find a few like-minded people here. :) I originally hit my goal of losing 100 lbs in Feb 2013 and have spent the last 16 months maintaining. I'm now ready to work on the last 20-25 lbs. Glad to meet all of you. :) Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:34:35 EST Grilled by Congress, antigay attorney denies.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204694 Grilled by Congress, antigay attorney denies support for Russia’s LGBT crackdown -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the head of a conservative legal group may have misled the committee when he said that he does not support the implementation of Russian-style antigay laws in the United States. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States” to study t... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:50:02 EST Tex Mess: Rick Perry goes to San Francisco, and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204656 Tex Mess: Rick Perry goes to San Francisco, compares homosexuality to alcoholism -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At a speaking event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) stunned listeners by comparing homosexual attraction to alcoholism, and said that LGBT people can choose whether or not to participate in their “lifestyle.” <BR> <BR> The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Perry was addressing the Commonwealth Club of California when he made the remarks, which drew a “murmur of disbe... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:47:07 EST OK GOP candidate: Let cities decide whether gays.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204623 OK GOP candidate: Let cities decide whether gays should be stoned to death -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A magazine editor in Oklahoma was putting together candidate information for a feature when a friend alerted him to online comments posted last year by a candidate for state representative. <BR> <BR> “This guy posted on Facebook that homosexuals should be stoned to death,” said Rob Morris, who published the Moore Monthly and MooreDaily.com. “My first response was, ‘You’re nuts, nobody would be stup... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:44:15 EST Newly elected president of Southern Baptists calls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204593 Newly elected president of Southern Baptists calls homosexuality Satan’s ‘con job’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Southern Baptist Convention this week chose a new president who has taught that homosexuality is a “con job” by Satan <BR> <BR> At its annual convention in Baltimore this week, members of the Southern Baptist Convention elected Arkansas megachurch pastor Rev. Ronnie Floyd with 52 percent of the vote. <BR> <BR> Floyd, who wrote a book titled “The Gay Agenda,” explained his thoughts on ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:41:48 EST Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride fes-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204564 Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride festival — and it’s caught on video -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay man said this week that he may never return to Detroit’s annual Pride festival after he was beaten because of his sexuality while attending the event over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Christin Howard, 20, told WXYZ that that he was at Motor City Pride festival on Sunday when eight men began circling him. He said that they commented on his hair, used homophobic slurs, and threatened violence.... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:39:47 EST Wisconsin appeals court order lifting same-sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204540 Wisconsin appeals court order lifting same-sex marriage ban, but weddings go on -- <BR> <BR> <BR> MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Officials in Wisconsin’s two largest counties on Monday reported brisk traffic from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses after a federal judge’s ruling last week that the state’s ban on gay nuptials was unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> The steady stream of couples seeking licenses in Milwaukee County and Dane County, which includes the state capital Madison, continued as... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:37:19 EST Law firms flock to same-sex marriage proponents, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204515 Law firms flock to same-sex marriage proponents, while shunning conservatives -- <BR> <BR> <BR> (Reuters) – As U.S. lawsuits seeking gay-marriage rights move toward a likely showdown at the Supreme Court next year, major law firms are rushing to get involved — but only on the side of the proponents. <BR> <BR> A Reuters review of more than 100 court filings during the past year shows that at least 30 of the country’s largest firms are representing challengers to state laws banning same-sex ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:34:52 EST Spark Team Bonus Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58196310 How many Team Bonus Points did you get for the GLBTQ Spark Network today? <BR> <BR> Click on the pennant next to our team in STEP 3 of your start page here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/start-no<BR>w-sa.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I earned 2 points today! Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:06:04 EST 6.12.2014 Big Announcment From AMA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58191133 The American Medical Association has announced said that they are now behind the transgender community to help make sure that they don't require surgery or proof of surgery to have a change show on their birth certificates and state identification. Most state governments don't share that thought, but maybe they can be persuaded. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1mkla.jr/U5jIBeYQQjHs7ENtB<BR>eff6 </link> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:05:30 EST Honoring the masculine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58186852 Spoken word: Ten Responses to the Phrase 'Man Up' <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFoBaTkPgco </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:58:40 EST 6.11.2014 Small Town Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58180338 Even with all of the major strides we have made so far and are continuing to make, there are still many hurdles to overcome. Sometimes they are big and sometimes they are small ones right in our own backyards. <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1mi20.jq/U5d9i-YQZ4Dsu6hHC<BR>5c18 </link> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:56:54 EST 49 Wisconsin counties issue gay marriage licenses http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58176921 49 Wisconsin counties issue gay marriage licenses -- <BR> <BR> <BR> MILWAUKEE (AP) — More county clerks in Wisconsin began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday, setting aside frustration with the lack of clear direction from the federal judge who declared the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, same-sex couples in counties that weren't issuing licenses said they felt disadvantaged given Wisconsin's requirement that residents who wish to wed appl... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:40:13 EST House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58176822 House Majority Leader Cantor defeated in primary -- <BR> <BR> <BR> RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in his Republican primary election Tuesday to a little-known economics professor, a stunning upset for the GOP's No. 2 in the House and a major victory for the tea party. <BR> <BR> Cantor, viewed as a possible successor to House Speaker John Boehner, was taken down by a political novice with little money named Dave Brat. His win marked the biggest triumph this year... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:32:28 EST Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58173422 While fasting every once in a while is certainly not sustainable or appropriate for everyone, it is very interesting how much new information there is on possible health benefits: <BR> <BR> The power of intermittent fasting <link>www.bbc.com/news/health-19112549 </link> <BR> <BR> Immune system benefits <link>www.techtimes.com/articles/8123/2014<BR>0607/fasting-good-immune-system-trigge<BR>rs-stem-cell-regeneration.htm </link> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:44:26 EST 6.10: WHEN I CALL MYSELF BISEXUAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58170676 As part of the new edition of Bi Any Other Name, the classic anthology of bisexual writings that Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu edited almost 25 years ago, there's a new introduction that looks at where we were around bisexuality when the book was first published in 1991 and where we stand today. For me, their editor, one of the more surprising statistics they cite is the fact that no national LGBT organization has an openly bisexual board member. Finding this difficult to believe, I sa... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:49:28 EST Cop refuses to work at gay pride parade in Utah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58162122 Cop refuses to work at gay pride parade in Utah -- <BR> <BR> <BR> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade. <BR> <BR> The officer was among about 30 officers assigned to provide traffic control and security for the annual Utah Pride Parade on Sunday in Salt Lake City, said department spokeswoman Lara Jones. <BR> <BR> "We don't tolerate bias and bigotry in the department, and assignments are as... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:45:35 EST Being gay: Upbringing or born that way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58162080 Being gay: Upbringing or born that way? -- <BR> <BR> <BR> As rapid and wide-spread advances are being made in gay rights, including same-sex marriage, Americans remain divided over whether homosexuality is present before birth or acquired. <BR> <BR> Public support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high of 55 percent – more significantly, nearly 80 percent among young adults. Approval of gay or lesbian relations jumped 19 percent between 2001 and 2013 (from 40 percent to 59 perc... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:39:52 EST Texas GOP platform embraces discredited therapy to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58162030 Texas GOP platform embraces discredited therapy to cure ‘unacceptable’ LGBT people -- <BR> <BR> In a draft copy of its official party platform, the Texas Republican Party has classified LGBT people as aberrant and endorsed the discredited practice of so-called “reparative therapy,” which seeks to rid people of same-sex attractions and turn them heterosexual. <BR> <BR> The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that the current draft of the party’s 2014 platform reads, in part, “(W)e oppose any... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:32:35 EST E.W. Jackson rips LGBT people at Rand Paul event: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58162010 E.W. Jackson rips LGBT people at Rand Paul event: ‘Something wrong on the inside’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> E.W. Jackson, a fringe Christian minister who the Republican Party nominated for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2013, declared during an event for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday that liberals and LGBT people were full of “hatred.” <BR> <BR> On a conference call that Jackson regularly holds with elected members of the Republican Party, a caller asked Paul if he believed that homosexuali... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:30:01 EST Bryan Fischer: Ruling on same-sex marriage cake... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58161994 Bryan Fischer: Ruling on same-sex marriage cake proves ‘gay Gestapo’ enslaves Christians -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Anti-LGBT activist Bryan Fischer reached for a characteristically over-the-top analogy to complain about a civil rights ruling in Colorado. <BR> <BR> The state’s Civil Rights Commission ruled last week that Jack Phillips, a Christian bakery owner, had violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination statutes by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple legally married in another st... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:27:34 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58160900 I am 30 years old, living with my wife and our two cats and three chinchillas. I've struggled with weight from childhood, and have "tried" to manage my weight in the past, but never stuck with it. I think I'm finally ready for the necessary lifestyle change - especially with my wife to help me. <BR> <BR> I make the cats stick to a healthy lifestyle. Now it's my turn. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:18:11 EST Butch women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58150211 Dating masculine women is not the same as dating men <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/anita-dolce-v<BR>ita/dating-masculine-women-is_b_544538<BR>8.html </link> <BR> <BR> A brilliant blog! Do NOT miss the delicious slide show of butch women after the great read. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:57:26 EST LGBT Icon: John Boswell: Historian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58149570 b. March 20, 1947 <BR> d. December 24, 1994 <BR> <BR> "It is possible to change ecclesiastical attitudes toward gay people and their sexuality because the objections to homosexuality are not biblical, they are not consistent, they are not part of Jesus' teaching; and they are not even fundamentally Christian." <BR> <BR> John Boswell was an esteemed historian who argued that homosexuality has always existed, that it has at times enjoyed wide social acceptance, and that the Church historic... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 11:54:47 EST Marriage Equality milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58145492 Breaking news: North Dakota now has an active marriage equality lawsuit. <BR> <BR> This means that EVERY STATE IN AMERICA either has marriage equality or an active court case aiming to secure it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bilerico.com/2014/06/breaking_no<BR>rth_dakota_marriage_suit_filed.php </link> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 00:56:06 EST LGBT Icon: Volker Beck: German Activist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58142034 b. December 12, 1960 <BR> <BR> "Human rights that do not apply to everyone are not human rights at all." <BR> <BR> Volker Beck is one of Europe's leading advocates of LGBT rights. A member of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, Beck is the father of the German Registered Partnership Act. <BR> <BR> Prior to becoming politically active in the peace movement in the 1980's, Volker Beck studied at the University of Stuttgart. In 1985, he joined the Green Party. In 1987, he became responsibl... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 16:34:04 EST Top 10 Myths About Transgender People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58140925 <link>everydayfeminism.com/2012/08/myths-a<BR>bout-transgender-people/ </link> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 13:45:24 EST Tony Perkins: Christians forced to bake cakes for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58139872 Tony Perkins: Christians forced to bake cakes for gays like forcing Jews into Nazi ovens -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Another religious right leader invoked Holocaust imagery to complain about a recent civil rights ruling in Colorado. <BR> <BR> Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke Thursday with the attorney of a baker who lost his court battle to refuse service to LGBT customers who ordered cakes to celebrate their legal same-sex marriages. <BR> <BR> The state’s Civil Rights... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:17:59 EST Mississippi cities pass equality ordinances to.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58139851 Mississippi cities pass equality ordinances to fight state’s anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ law -- <BR> <BR> Jackson, Mississippi — the state’s largest city and its capital — passed a resolution on Tuesday forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and “supporting equality for all citizens of Jackson, Mississippi.” <BR> <BR> According to the Jackson Free Press, the council made the 3-to-1 vote to negate a state “religious freedom” law that would allow residents to discriminate ag... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:16:21 EST HS Principal's Coming Out as Gay Was 'So Unexpect- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58139834 HS Principal's Coming Out as Gay Was 'So Unexpected' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Woodrow Wilson High School principal Pete Cahall stunned many of his D.C. students when he came out during the school’s gay pride celebration. <BR> <BR> “That was so unexpected,” gay school senior Tao Marwell told ABC News affiliate station WJLA-TV in Washington. “I had no idea. I have so much more respect for him now.” <BR> <BR> His hands trembling, his voice shaking, his speech stuttered, Cahall confessed something W... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:13:51 EST Americans' Ideology and Age Drive Gay Marriage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58139813 Americans' Ideology and Age Drive Gay Marriage Views -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Ideology and a vast age gap mark public attitudes about gay marriage, supported in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll by 77 percent of adults under age 30 - vs. just half as many seniors. <BR> <BR> Most Americans overall, 56 percent, support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, not significantly different from the all-time high, 59 percent, three months ago, and a majority consistently since crossing that ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:11:38 EST Republican LGBT group GOProud denies that it’s.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58139792 Republican LGBT group GOProud denies that it’s shutting down, just ‘re-branding’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Republican LGBT group GOProud denies that it is closing its doors for good, but is rather engaging in a “re-branding” effort to distance itself from past controversies. The Bilerico Project reported, however, that the denials are just a sop to anxious donors while the current directors of the group attempt to distance themselves from a PR “disaster.” <BR> <BR> On Sunday, Bilerico’s Andy M... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:08:56 EST 9 Expert Tips For More Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58137472 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/sl<BR>ow-eating_n_5419625.html?ir=Healthy%20<BR>Living&utm_campaign=060614&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_source=Alert-healthy-living&<BR>utm_content=Title </link> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:15:30 EST Trans Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58131359 A 16-year-old transgender girl in Connecticut has been incarcerated in an adult men's prison for nearly a month — and she still hasn't been charged or convicted of a single crime. <BR> <BR> "Jane Doe" was living in a home for traumatized youth when authorities claim she attacked a staffer. But no criminal charges are even pending against her. <BR> <BR> Instead, the teen has suffered in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for weeks without treatment or educational training — and instead of letting her go,... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:02:33 EST 17 Products With Absolutely Bogus Health Claims! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58121181 <link>www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011106<BR>-17-diet-health-fitness-products-total<BR>ly-bogus-claims/?utm_source=newsletter<BR>&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0404 </link> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:47:27 EST 6.5.2014 Proud Principle Comes Out to Students http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58115831 Pete Cahall, a principal fro a D.c. high school was on a field trip with some of the students from his school when he decided to come out. So far he seems to be receiving support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1m5ho.jr/U4-SM-YQx-nmRmESC<BR>00f9 </link> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:23:37 EST 6.4.2014 Great News For Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58104365 Illinois couples will be able to wed on Monday when the new law takes effect and the first ones in line will be a pioneering couple who has worked for around 50 years to see this come about. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/01/il<BR>linois-gay-marriage_n_5419596.html?utm<BR>_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:26:30 EST Which Type of Yogurt Is Best for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58104256 <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> First of all, what is yogurt? Yogurt is a fermented milk product that has been used for centuries to preserve liquid milk from spoilage. Like milk, yogurt contains important nutrients such as protein and calcium. Traditional yogurt is made by adding two bacterial cultures (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) to milk to “ferment” the lactose into lactic acid, giving the product a tart, sour flavor and creating the thick consistency with which we a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:13:12 EST 12 Surprising Immune System Killers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58091968 Cancer researchers just published strong evidence linking Roundup weed killer to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The probable mode of action? The pesticide likely mutates your white blood cells, throwing your immune system into a tailspin. But did you know other everyday things can knock down your immunity, too? <BR> <BR> <link>www.rodalenews.com/boost-immune-syst<BR>em?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1716834-_-05<BR>292014-_-12_Surprising_Immune_System_K<BR>illers_title </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:33:13 EST Transgender women attacked on Atlanta train as.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58087549 Transgender women attacked on Atlanta train as onlookers cheer, record video -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two transgender women say they were attacked last week by several men on an Atlanta transit line as onlookers recorded video but did not intervene. <BR> <BR> Video of the attack was shared on social media, showing the men as they verbally harassed the pair May 20 about their gender identity and began taking pictures of them with their cell phones, reported GA Voice. <BR> <BR> Crosby’s friend was... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:10:18 EST CA Baptist congregation changes view on homosex-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58087531 CA Baptist congregation changes view on homosexuality after pastor’s son comes out -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A church in California has decided to reject the Southern Baptist Convention’s official position on homosexuality after a pastor told members that his son was gay. <BR> <BR> In a letter to Christianity with Humanity blogger John Shore last week, New Heart Community Church pastor Danny Cortez explained how a conversation about Macklemore’s pro-LGBT song ”Same Love” had prompted his son to c... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:08:15 EST Catholic school teachers in Ohio leaving their job http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58087510 Catholic school teachers in Ohio leaving their jobs rather than sign anti-LGBT ‘morality clause’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Veteran teachers are leaving their jobs over the highly specific morality clause in their new contracts with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. <BR> <BR> The revised contracts bars teachers – whether they’re Catholic or not – from living with a partner or having sex outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, living a gay “lifestyle,” or publicly supporting any of those thi... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:06:17 EST Colorado Bakery Opposed To Gay Marriage Gets Out.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58087487 Colorado Bakery Opposed To Gay Marriage Gets Out Of The Wedding Cake Business -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Colorado bakery that was ordered to bake a cake for a same-sex ceremony apparently is no longer making cakes for any weddings <BR> <BR> In December, a state judge found that Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver area cannot legally refuse service to a customer — in this case, declining to sell a wedding cake — on the basis of sexual orientation. Despite the store owner’s religious objections, h... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 19:03:59 EST How did you move it today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58085276 It's June, and you have a whole month left to get halfway through your goals for the year! <BR> <BR> Today, I'm riding the exercise bike, doing push ups, walking the pup, teaching yoga, and adding some booty-building exercises (to get some curve back after deflating it a bit too much). <BR> <BR> Share how did you moved it today! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:54:12 EST Seven Foods that Fight Sun Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58081768 Seven Foods that Fight Sun Damage <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While wearing SPF is still the best way to avoid sun damage, we've got your backup defense. These seven foods protect and heal your skin from the inside out—eat up today if you don't want to look like a lobster tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-t<BR>o-eat/7-foods-fight-sun-damage?utm_sou<BR>rce=MF-Newsletter&utm_medium=Newslette<BR>r&utm_term=Mens_Fitness_Newsletter&utm<BR>_campaign=Newsletter60214... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:32:29 EST Congratu lations, Illinois! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58072431 Today is the first day of legal same-sex marriage in all of Illinois’ 102 counties! <link>www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/06/quinn-il<BR>linois-now-on-the-right-side-of-history/ </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 14:30:20 EST Gay flash mob! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58071982 Joseph and the Amazing Flash Mob marriage proposal <link>youtu.be/5ad6eNnLakg </link> <BR> <BR> What's better than all of the work and energy put into a creative flash mob? Surprising the love of your life with an unforgettable marriage proposal! <BR> <BR> I especially love the detail of the friend walking Mike up the stairs, because even the happiest surprises can feel really overwhelming. So much love put into this! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:33:40 EST Everything You Need To Know Before Riding A Road B http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58070640 Everything You Need to Know Before Riding a Road Bike <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/self/health-a<BR>nd-fitness_b_5378691.html </link> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:19:24 EST LGBT Icon: Jean-Michel Basquiat (Artist) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58068459 b. December 22, 1960 <BR> d. August 12, 1988 <BR> <BR> "SAMO© as an end to mindwash religion, nowhere politics, and bogus philosophy." <BR> <BR> Jean-Michel Basquiat was a graffiti artist whose painting became a major force in revitalizing American art in the late 20th century. <BR> <BR> Basquiat grew up in a middle class environment in Brooklyn. His father, an accountant, was Haitian and his mother was Puerto Rican. As a teenager, he left home to live in lower Manhattan, selling hand-... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:09:02 EST In The Life: Becoming Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58061322 Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories (full episode of In The Life). <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxzKlPVceWg </link> Sat, 31 May 2014 14:05:21 EST LGBT Icon: James Baldwin (Author) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58059129 b. August 2, 1924 <BR> d. November 30, 1987 <BR> <BR> "I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually." <BR> <BR> James Baldwin was an African-American writer whose novels and essays captured the conflicted spirit of late 20th century America. <BR> <BR> It is often the outsider who divines truth most clearly. James Baldwin, to whom many doors were closed by virtue of his poverty, his race, and his ... Sat, 31 May 2014 09:59:16 EST Storm Chasers Capture A Huge Almost-Tornado http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58049364 Watch! Storm Chasers Capture An Almost-Tornado Of Enormous Size (VIDEO)-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Nope, sci-fi fans; this one’s for real. <BR> <BR> Basehunters, a tornado-chasing team from Oklahoma, captured incredible footage of a rotating supercell storm that spun through Newcastle, Wyoming, on May 18. So immense and detailed was the cloud that it looks almost too horrific to be real, but try telling that to folks in the Cowboy State. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.liberalamerica.org/2014/05/1... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:33:07 EST CDC blames science-denying anti-vaxxers for.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58049313 CDC blames science-denying anti-vaxxers for 20-year high in measles cases -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Center for Disease Control on Thursday released a report showing reported measles cases have reached a 20-year high, blaming the increase on the failure of Americans to take proper steps and get vaccinated. <BR> <BR> According to the CDC, 288 cases of measles have been reported so far this year — the highest total in the first five months of the year since 1994 — with one in seven cases requirin... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:30:13 EST Robert De Niro Opens Up About His Gay Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58049200 Robert De Niro Opens Up About His Gay Father -- <BR> <BR> From Taxi Driver and The Godfather, to Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, Robert De Niro is one of the most accomplished working actors alive today. <BR> <BR> Never short on extracurricular activities (he and producing partner Jane Rosenthal just wrapped their 13th Tribeca Film Festival last month), De Niro's latest project is a touching documentary about his father, Robert De Niro Sr. — a New York artist who was revered ... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:21:26 EST PA lawmaker: Fellow GOP legislator put his... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58048948 PA lawmaker: Fellow GOP legislator put his reelection at risk by admitting he’s gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Republican state senator expressed his belief that a fellow lawmaker serving in the Pennsylvania state legislature put his career at risk by coming out of the closet following his reelection in 2012. <BR> <BR> Addressing the reelection prospects of State Rep. Mike Fleck (R), State Sen. John Eichelberger Jr. said that Fleck should have kept his sexual orientation to himself, according to ... Fri, 30 May 2014 10:01:14 EST Gay Republican advocacy organization shut out of.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58048906 Gay Republican advocacy organization shut out of Texas GOP state convention -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Texas Republican Party has denied a request by Log Cabin Texas, a gay conservatives advocacy organization, to be allowed to have a booth at the state party’s annual convention in Fort Worth next week. <BR> <BR> The move has led to Log Cabin Texas as well as the national Log Cabin Republican organization to condemn the slight, saying that Texas Republican voter’s views on gay rights have evolve... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:58:29 EST Gay couple kicked out of east Texas BBQ joint: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58048870 Gay couple kicked out of east Texas BBQ joint: ‘We don’t serve fags here’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> An east Texas gay couple was asked to leave a barbecue restaurant because they apparently violated the eatery’s rules on gender norms. <BR> <BR> Collin Dewberry and Kelly Williams said they had finished eating breakfast and paid for their meals Tuesday morning at Big Earl’s Bait House and Galey Café when a waitress used a homophobic slur and asked them never to return. <BR> <BR> “We don’t serve fag... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:56:20 EST Christian host on transgender rights: ‘Liberals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58048833 Christian host on transgender rights: ‘Liberals demand public access to rape your girls’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt, a Navy chaplain who turned to hosting a Christian Internet show after being court martialed, warned his followers this week that liberals wanted to visually “rape your girls” by giving transgender people equal rights. <BR> <BR> In an email to supporters over the weekend, Klingenschmitt lashed out at a recent Maine Supreme Court ruling that said a tr... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:53:36 EST 7 Things You're Probably Not Paying Attention To W http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58035632 7 Things You're Probably Not Paying Attention To When You Run <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/ru<BR>nning-form-performance_n_5373531.html?<BR>ir=Healthy%20Living&utm_campaign=05271<BR>4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-he<BR>althy-living&utm_content=Title </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:42:09 EST 5.29.2014 Remembering Maya Angelou http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58035560 We have lost a great woman and pioneer in Maya Angelou. She fought for civil rights of all kinds in her lifetime and she will be missed dearly by so many people. <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1lqa5.jw/U4ZQxOYQ4juYF6yeC<BR>1c6a </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 07:30:55 EST A Look Back: Bringing Our Troops Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58031744 A Look Back: Bringing Our Troops Home -- <BR> <BR> When President Obama took office, nearly 180,000 troops were in harm's way in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the end of this year, there will be fewer than 10,000. Here's a timeline of what that looks like. Take a look, and pass it on. <BR> <BR> Link: <link>www.whitehouse.gov/share/look-back-b<BR>ringing-troops-home?utm_expid=24505866<BR>-29.4LXulRTVQ9abc7McEWUX4g.2&utm_sourc<BR>e=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=e<BR>mail337-text1&utm_campa... Wed, 28 May 2014 21:02:06 EST What Happens To Gay Dads' Brains When They Raise A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58025750 Study Shows What Happens To Gay Dads' Brains When They Raise A Child <BR> NEW YORK (Reuters) - Having a baby alters new mothers' brain activity, researchers have found, and a new study adds the first evidence of such changes in the brains of gay men raising children they adopted through surrogacy. The men's pattern of brain activity resembles that of both new mothers and new fathers in the study. The research, reported on Monday, could feed into the debate over whether gay men should be allow... Wed, 28 May 2014 10:09:45 EST 5.28.2014 A Lost Pioneer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58023699 It was a great loss for the community when Stormé DeLarverie died a few days ago. She was a great woman and pioneer for us all. Her legacy will stand the test of time I'm sure. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1lnkh.jx/U4T81OYQ4TJECMyvC<BR>f21a </link> Wed, 28 May 2014 07:30:50 EST Foods for Your Liver: Heal With These Detoxifying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58013917 <link>www.rodalenews.com/foods-your-liver?<BR>cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1708816-_-05272<BR>014-_-TheBestFoodsforYourLiver_text </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:54:06 EST Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58003958 "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." ~ Joseph Campbell &#9734; <BR> <BR> Remembering all of our heroes today, especially the invisible ones, the Native Americans, the African Americans, the Japanese Americans, the LGBTQ Americans, all who have fallen unrecognized, all who have been dishonorably discharged for who they love, all who have been subject to internment, all who have been scorned for fighting a bad war, all who have no access to benef... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:22:00 EST Students &parents rally against Georgia Catholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58002330 Students and parents rally against Georgia Catholic school’s firing of gay band director -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Catholic prep school in Macon, GA fired its band director this week because he plans to marry his male partner. Macon’s WMAZ Channel 13 reported that Flint Dollar was fired on Wednesday by Mount de Sales Academy president David Held, who freely admitted that Dollar’s plan to marry was the reason for his termination. <BR> <BR> Students and parents rallied to defend Dollar and urged t... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:40:12 EST America’s Homophobic Ways Buried in history? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58002288 Are America’s Absurdly Homophobic Ways Just Buried in History? -- <BR> <BR> <BR> U.S. sentiment regarding LGBTQ rights and gay marriage, as well as general comfort level with the spectrum of gender and sexuality in the U.S., has improved tremendously over the years. Historically, though, things have been incredibly difficult for the LGBTQ community, a truth worth acknowledging and remembering as we consider policy and social sensitivity going forward. Difficult may not be the most illustrat... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:37:40 EST Anti-LGBT activist: Liberalism violates all 10.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58002233 Anti-LGBT activist: Liberalism violates all 10 Commandments, embraces sex with animals -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Strident anti-LBGT crusader Matt Barber said in an interview with conservative radio host Steve Deace that liberalism “embraces” bestiality, incest and other abhorrent sexual behaviors. <BR> <BR> Barber, head of anti-LGBT site BarbWire.com, was discussing a column he published this week in which he alleged that liberalism violates all 10 of the Christian Bible’s Ten Commandments. <BR>... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:34:08 EST Picture of Ellen DeGeneres has Penn. Catholic.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58002171 Picture of Ellen DeGeneres has Penn. Catholic school destroying its own dance invitations -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The principal of a Catholic school in Newtown, Pennsylvania apologized to parents and asked that the invitations she made to a school event be returned because they included a picture of comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. <BR> <BR> The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Nancy Matteo contacted parents via email saying she was “obviously NOT thinking” when she included a pro... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:30:07 EST LGBT Icon: John Lawrence & Tyron Garner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57990715 John Geddes Lawrence <BR> b. 8/2/1943 <BR> <BR> d. 11/20/2011 <BR> Tyron Garner <BR> b. 7/10/1967 <BR> <BR> d. 9/11/2006 <BR> <BR> Legal Activists <BR> “When somebody is wronged and they don’t stand up for themselves, they’re going to get wronged again.” <BR> <BR> – John Lawrence <BR> <BR> John Lawrence and Tyron Garner were defendants in the landmark Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas in which laws prohibiting same-sex sodomy were declared unconstitutional. The 2003 decision, based... Sun, 25 May 2014 09:10:09 EST 5.25: Michigan Politician Compares Gays To Nazis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57990671 The city council in Saginaw, Michigan, spent a few hours this week debating an ordinance that would have banned local businesses from firing or refusing to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people because of their sexuality or gender identity. Supporters argued that the measure would benefit the local economy by sending friendly signals to LGBT entrepreneurs and, more generally, to young people, who overwhelmingly support gay rights, according to polls. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffi... Sun, 25 May 2014 09:06:19 EST LGBT Icon: Jason Wu: Designer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57981006 b. September 27, 1982 <BR> <BR> “Being able to make history is something I would have never thought I would do.” <BR> <BR> Jason Wu is a fashion designer who became an overnight sensation when the first lady, Michelle Obama, wore one of his gowns to the inaugural ball in 2009. Mrs. Obama chose a Wu design again for the inaugural ball in 2013. <BR> <BR> Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. His parents, who own an import-export business, recognized Jason’s creative talent at age 5. His mother wou... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:13:12 EST 5.24: Great News For Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57980972 Great News For Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/22/je<BR>ssica-urbina-school-apology-_n_5375215<BR>.html </link> Sat, 24 May 2014 09:09:36 EST GA Republican: Having same-sex parents is a.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57972602 GA Republican: Having same-sex parents is a ‘tragedy’ like losing your mother or father -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the seven Republican candidates running for Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA)’s seat in Congress said in an interview that growing up with same-sex parents is a “tragedy” akin to losing a family member in a car accident. <BR> <BR> According to BuzzFeed, Rev. Jody Hice said on his Culture and Values Network radio show that “homosexuals have the right to be married” but not “to one another.... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:23:55 EST Fired anti-gay HGTV hosts: Teaching evolution is.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57972571 Fired anti-gay HGTV hosts: Teaching evolution is Satan’s ‘toehold’ in the classroom -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Jason and David Benham, the two brothers who were recently fired by HGTV after their anti-gay views came to light, recently argued that Satan’s “toehold” in the classroom went back to the so-called “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, which legalized teaching evolution. <BR> <BR> “Satan comes to rob, kill, & destroy (John 10:10), so he generally starts his path to destruction with a simple toeh... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:21:06 EST Boston rabbi accused of misusing $480K in temple http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57972542 Boston rabbi accused of misusing $480K in temple funds to pay off gay sex accuser -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A nationally known leader in Conservative Judaism is accused of misusing funds to pay off the brother of a teen he’d engaged in a sexual relationship. <BR> <BR> Authorities said Rabbi Barry Starr paid up to $480,000 to a Massachusetts man who threatened to reveal his 16-year-old brother’s sexual relationship with the religious leader, reported the Boston Globe. <BR> <BR> Starr, who resigned... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:18:40 EST American Samoa’s transgender player helps revive http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57972519 American Samoa’s transgender player helps revive soccer’s ‘worst team ever’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> As the best footballing nations on the planet prepare for the World Cup, a new documentary celebrates how the game’s worst team, American Samoa, bounced back from a record 31-0 defeat. <BR> <BR> The film, “Next Goal Wins”, tells how an unlikely group including international football’s first transgender player, a psychologically scarred goalkeeper and a chain-smoking Dutch coach restored the tiny P... Fri, 23 May 2014 11:15:50 EST 5.22.2014 Amazon.Com Protests. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57958584 Amazon is under fire as they are openly supporting the Boy Scouts and their anti gay propaganda. Is it time for a boycott on Amazon? It may just be. Overstock is looking pretty good right now! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1lbhs.k2/U30a2uYQO_iblmSuC<BR>a624 </link> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:00:07 EST April Team Stats: Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x57953398 Congratulations to those of you who met the team goals for the month of April. Awesome! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) TWEETYKC00 3,600 <BR> 2) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,600 <BR> 3) 144AUTUMN 3,480 <BR> 4) MANDAROSE80 3,374 <BR> 5) LISAWOMYN 3,362 <BR> 6) JIMSTER 2,967 <BR> 7) JCP1979 2,918 <BR> 8) BONNIEMARGAY 2,827 <BR> 9) GORDONFREECHMAN 2,733 <BR> 10) MISCHIEFBOI 2,570 <BR> 11) PATSCAPE 2,561 <BR> 12) TENNISJIM 2,560 <BR> 13) JENVAMPVEGAS 2,487 <BR> 14) CORRALES_S... Wed, 21 May 2014 17:55:49 EST 5.21.2014 Is Pennsylvania Next For Marriage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57946447 Pennsylvania has been fighting like many other states against us and now their ban on our marriages has been struck down. Could they be next for weddings? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1l8tw.k2/U3vCUuYQO_ibll0TC<BR>0124 </link> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:32:09 EST Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Show Signs of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57927815 Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Show Signs of Progress on LGBT Equality -- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON, D.C. (News release) - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is encouraged by recent signs that leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are positively evolving on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and the issues important to them. A recent news report by National Public Radio (NPR) indicates that a growing number of influential SBC leaders are exp... Mon, 19 May 2014 14:58:38 EST 10 Years Later, Gay Marriage in the U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57927791 10 Years Later, Gay Marriage in the U.S. -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A decade of legalized gay marriage that kicked off in Massachusetts on May 17, 2004, has seen mixed outcomes in the intervening years. Gains in legal status achieved in some states are coupled with continued opposition in others. (May 16) <BR> <BR> More here: <link>news.yahoo.com/video/10-years-later-<BR>gay-marriage-195555546.html </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:55:13 EST LGBT Icon: George Takei: Actor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57912865 b. April 20, 1937 <BR> <BR> "Diversity is one of the strengths of our society." <BR> <BR> George Takei is an actor best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek.” He is an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. <BR> <BR> Born in Los Angeles to second-generation Japanese-American parents, Takei’s life changed at the start of World War II. From age 4 to 8, he was held with his family in Japanese-American internment camps. Although he did not understand the reasons, Takei recalls feeling... Sun, 18 May 2014 09:36:36 EST 5.18: 20 Beautiful Kisses From The Great Facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57912819 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/15/fa<BR>cebook-kiss-in_n_5330960.html </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 09:33:41 EST LGBT Icon: José Sarria: Activist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57902821 b. December 12, 1923 <BR> <BR> d. August 19, 2013 <BR> <BR> “Why be ashamed of who you are?" <BR> <BR> José Sarria was a drag performer, singer and activist. He was the first openly gay man in the world to run for public office. <BR> <BR> Sarria, who was of Latin-American descent, was born in San Francisco. He was raised by his mother and grandmother, who allowed him to dress in women’s clothes. <BR> <BR> During World War II, Sarria enlisted in the army. His fellow soldiers discriminate... Sat, 17 May 2014 09:26:44 EST 5.17: Celebrating Marriage Equality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57902785 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/gov-deval-pat<BR>rick/celebrating-marriage-equa_b_53364<BR>93.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Sat, 17 May 2014 09:23:52 EST Ex-Navy chaplain tells transgender girl: ‘Man up’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57892582 Ex-Navy chaplain tells transgender girl: ‘Man up’ or get a ‘spanking’ and an exorcism-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Navy chaplain who turned to Internet evangelism after being court martialed said this week that a transgender girl should “man up” or face a spanking and an exorcism to rid her body of demons. On the Wednesday broadcast of his Pray in Jesus Name show, Dr. “Chaps” Gordon Klingenschmitt expressed his outraged at a recent Maine Supreme Court ruling that said a transgender girl should be abl... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:34:17 EST Sore Winners: Christian Group Offended by Mississi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57892493 Sore Winners: Christian Group Offended by Mississippi Businesses That Won't Discriminate Against Gays -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Not all Mississippi businesses plan to take advantage of a new law making it easier to discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religion. The American Family Association, apparently, would like to change that. <BR> <BR> In a blog post published this week, the fundamentalist Christian activist group printed a list of what they called "Mississippi businesses that dis... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:29:56 EST GA Sen. hopeful accused of ‘promoting teenage homo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57892398 GA Sen. hopeful accused of ‘promoting teenage homosexuality’ by GOP primary opponent -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative Representative Phil Gingrey (R-GA) is attacking his primary opponent in the race for Georgia’s open Senate seat for allegedly “promoting teenage homosexuality.” In a campaign commercial released yesterday, the narrator asks whether Georgia conservatives will “condone Karen Handel’s vote for YouthPride,” an organization the advertisement claims “promotes teenage homosexuality.”... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:23:14 EST 5.15.2014 Idaho Making A Stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57880006 Judge Candy Dale, a federal judge from Idaho has struck down the ban for same sex marriages. It is still debated by other politicians there as of yet, but she is standing strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/13/sc<BR>alia-gay-marriage-idaho_n_5319857.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:02:36 EST The West Antarctic Collapse Is Now Unstoppable — http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57868745 The West Antarctic Collapse Is Now Unstoppable — Here's What That Will Do To The World -- <BR> <BR> Monday, May 12 NASA broke some devastating climate news — two studies with the latest measurements and models indicated that it's almost certain that the melting of the Western Antarctic Ice sheet is unstoppable, and the glaciers are doomed to collapse and melt into the sea. <BR> <BR> While this demise won't happen for at least another 200 years, the impacts of it will be staggering. <BR> <B... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:13:37 EST New Meteor Shower from Comet Could Dazzle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57868708 New Meteor Shower from Comet Could Dazzle Stargazers Next Week -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A new meteor shower spawned by a comet is due to light up the sky next week, with some forecasters predicting up to 200 "shooting stars" per hour — a potentially spectacular opening act for the meteor display. <BR> <BR> If it performs as expected, the never-before-seen Camelopardalid meteor shower is due to peak overnight on May 23 and 24 as the Earth passes through a debris stream left by the Comet 2009/LINE... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:11:13 EST Judge: Conservative group can’t have docs that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57868655 Judge: Conservative group can’t have docs that would ‘out’ LGBT Justice Dept employees -- <BR> <BR> <BR> In a decision memo handed down Monday, a U.S. district judge denied a FOIA request by the far-right activist group Judicial Watch in which conservative activists tried to obtain the names of LGBT employees at the U.S. Department of Justice. <BR> <BR> Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle wrote in her decision that to allow Judicial Watch access to those documents “creates a palpable threat to priva... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:05:50 EST Chuck Hagel: Transgender Military Ban 'Continually http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57868629 Chuck Hagel: Transgender Military Ban 'Continually Should Be Reviewed' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview over the weekend that the ban on transgender service members in the military "should be reviewed." <BR> <BR> The comment was prompted by a question from ABC News' Martha Raddatz on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," who alluded to the findings of an independent commission in March led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. The commi... Wed, 14 May 2014 09:03:27 EST 5.14.2014 Marriage Happening In Arkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57868560 The first same sex marriage has happened over the weekend in Arkansas. One more victory! <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1ktwl.k4/U3KKK-YQCHDbS_15B<BR>ad0c </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 08:57:00 EST 5.13: Harvey Milk Stamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57865403 <link>america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/<BR>5/13/harvey-milk-stamptomakelgbthistor<BR>y.html </link> <BR> <BR> Looks good! :) Tue, 13 May 2014 23:40:21 EST As Arkansas Republicans Freak Out About Marriage.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57861346 As Arkansas Republicans Freak Out About Marriage Equality, Senate Candidates Remain Mum -- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Friday afternoon, an Arkansas state judge issued a decision invalidating the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Though Attorney General Dustin McDaniel intends to appeal, Judge Chris Piazza did not stay his decision in the meantime, allowing at least 15 same-sex couples to marry on Saturday. As of Monday morning, couples are already lined up at courthouses across the state to get thei... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:33:08 EST Huckabee wants judge impeached after gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57861266 Huckabee wants judge impeached after gay marriage ruling -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is calling for the impeachment of the judge who struck down the gay marriage ban that he signed into law 17 years ago. <BR> <BR> Huckabee, a former presidential candidate and staunch social conservative, called on the state's current governor, Mike Beebe (D), to call a special session of the state legislature to remove Judge Christopher Piazza from office. <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:24:27 EST Donald Sterling Slams Magic Johnson in Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57861244 Donald Sterling Slams Magic Johnson: ‘What Has He Done? He's Got AIDS… I Think He Should be Ashamed’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Donald Sterling's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper debuted Monday, and the L.A. Clippers owner used a considerable portion of the conversation to rip into Magic Johnson. <BR> <BR> Sterling blamed Johnson for delaying his apology and questioned the former NBA star's contributions to African-Americans, as well as his role-model status. <BR> <BR> “Here is a man who – I d... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:21:48 EST Donald Trump: Gay NFL player ‘pretty out there’... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57848363 Donald Trump: Gay NFL player ‘pretty out there’ for kissing boyfriend in public -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative billionaire Donald Trump said on Monday that he had been shocked to see Michael Sam’s reaction when he was chosen in the NFL draft because kissing his gay boyfriend in public had been “pretty out there.” <BR> <BR> During his weekly Fox & Friends morning segment, Fox News host Steve Doocy asked Trump if there was a “double standard” in the NFL that allowed Tim Tebow to be mocked fo... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:44:39 EST Murray bill would force Social Security to pay.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57848282 Murray bill would force Social Security to pay same-sex spouses survivor benefits -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Nearly a year ago, the nation’s highest court told the federal government that it could no longer withhold marriage benefits from tens of thousands of same-sex married couples. <BR> <BR> But that landmark Supreme Court decision made little difference in the lives of gay couples who live in the 33 states that ban same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> For months, the Social Security Administration has... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:36:57 EST LGBT Icon: Vito Russo: Film Historian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57835551 b. July 11, 1946 <BR> <BR> d. November 7, 1990 <BR> <BR> “I never once, not for a second, believed it was wrong to be gay.” <BR> <BR> Vito Russo was a gay rights activist, a film historian and an author best known for his book, “The Celluloid Closet,” a groundbreaking chronicle of gays and lesbians in film. <BR> <BR> A New York City native, Russo grew up in East Harlem. As a young boy, he would sneak into Manhattan to go to the movies. From an early age, Russo knew he was “different.” A c... Sun, 11 May 2014 11:41:55 EST 5.11: A Special Mom And Her Transgender Daughter S http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57835519 A Special Mom And Her Transgender Daughter Share Their Incredible Journey <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/11/mo<BR>ther-transgender-daughter_n_5282866.ht<BR>ml?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sun, 11 May 2014 11:37:58 EST LGBT Icon: Marlon Riggs: Filmmaker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57824780 b. February 3, 1957 <BR> <BR> d. April 5, 1994 <BR> <BR> “Black men loving black men is THE revolutionary act.” <BR> <BR> Marlon Riggs was a filmmaker, educator, poet and gay rights activist. He examined race and sexuality in his documentaries for which he received an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award. <BR> <BR> Born to a military family, Riggs spent most of his childhood living on different bases. At 11, his family moved to West Germany. Riggs remained there until graduating from high scho... Sat, 10 May 2014 09:59:30 EST 5.10: Hallmark Makes Amazing Pro-Gay Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57824702 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/09/ha<BR>llmark-gay-mothers-day_n_5290666.html </link> Sat, 10 May 2014 09:53:25 EST JUST IN: Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57818425 Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional!! <BR> <BR> <BR> LITTLE ROCK, AR - The State of Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> That's the ruling late this afternoon by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza. <BR> <BR> Judge Piazza's decision was revealed in an online filing. <BR> <BR> The ruling nullifies Amendment 83, which was passed by Arkansas voters in 2004. The law defined legal marriages in Arkansas as only those between a man and ... Fri, 9 May 2014 18:13:32 EST Locals turn on AL ice cream maker over anti-LGBT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57817660 Locals turn on AL ice cream maker over anti-LGBT tweets to talk radio host Dana Loesch -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Local businesses are ending their association with an Alabama ice cream maker after the owner’s brother made a series of anti-LGBT comments on Twitter. <BR> <BR> Jack-O-Lantern Farm and Lyons Coffee Roasters said they would not do business with Shirey Ice Cream due to the social media posts, which were made over the past several months but came to public attention this week on Reddit. <... Fri, 9 May 2014 16:31:39 EST Christian group accuses HGTV of ‘intolerance’ for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57814012 Christian group accuses HGTV of ‘intolerance’ for axing anti-gay Benham twins’ reality show -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative Christians are urging HGTV to resume production of a new reality show featuring twin brothers who have made public statements against LGBT people, Muslims, and other groups. <BR> <BR> The cable network announced last month that David and Jason Benham would star in a reality TV series, “Flip It Forward,” that was scheduled to premiere in October. <BR> <BR> But Right Wi... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:08:25 EST Ted Cruz: Christians shouldn’t be required to do.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57813972 Ted Cruz: Christians shouldn’t be required to do business with gay people -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Christian business owners should be able to discriminate against LGBT people and others if they believe the Bible tells them to, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). <BR> <BR> “Everyone has to reconcile their own faith with how they interact with others, and that’s a choice you’ve got to make based on your understanding of biblical teachings and based on the best understanding you can come to it,” Cruz said F... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:05:46 EST Houston Baptist University president compares gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57813931 Houston Baptist University president compares gay people to alcoholics and arsonists -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Houston Baptist University president Robert B. Sloan, Jr. said last Friday that same-sex marriage was not a civil rights issue because being gay was like being an alcoholic. <BR> <BR> The head of the Christian college in Texas was asked about the issue during a “Faith in the Public Square” event with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and WORLD Magazine chief editor Marvin Olasky. <BR> <BR> “Ethnicity... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:02:09 EST Brunei law on gays, women sparks Beverly Hills.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57813909 Brunei law on gays, women sparks Beverly Hills Hotel boycott -- <BR> <BR> <BR> he tiny, oil-rich country of Brunei has been a quiet steward of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, undertaking multimillion-dollar renovations of the landmarks.. <BR> <BR> But in recent days both hotels have come under siege from Hollywood feminists and gay rights advocates because of new laws in the Southeast Asian sultanate. <BR> <BR> Brunei last week imposed new criminal codes, based on Islamic law, ... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:00:02 EST Alabama chief justice wants new constitution to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57813857 Alabama chief justice wants new constitution to protect the original from gays, Ruth Ginsburg -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court rebuked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for holding an elastic view of the Constitution, even as he advocated calling for a new constitutional convention to rewrite the existing document. <BR> <BR> The ultra-conservative judge, who recently suggested the First Amendment applied only to Christians, spoke Saturday ... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:56:47 EST HGTV calls off show starring twins who hate gays, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57813825 HGTV calls off show starring twins who hate gays, Muslims, divorce, and public schools -- <BR> <BR> <BR> HGTV abruptly called off a new reality show featuring twin brothers who have organized prayer rallies against LGBT and reproductive rights and compared same-sex marriage to Nazi Germany. <BR> <BR> “Flip It Forward,” which was scheduled to premier in October, was supposed to feature David and Jason Benham as they helped families buy, repair, and sell real estate. <BR> <BR> The twins wil... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:54:51 EST 5.7.2014 Why Is Equality Able To Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57787986 Why do things work out when they do? Why do things come together in the way they do? It all comes down to us, what are we willing to do in life to change things. That certainly changed a former marines way of thinking after a few of his friends came out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/james-peron/m<BR>arriage-equality-the-ex_b_5270585.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Wed, 7 May 2014 08:06:09 EST 5.06: Kirk Cameron's Bigger Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57777275 This guy... I can''t stand him. But, for once, I hope his hate spewing followers listen to him and actually start to focus on themselves instead of putting down others. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/05/ki<BR>rk-cameron-gay-marriage_n_5267934.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Tue, 6 May 2014 09:51:43 EST Sao Paulo gay pride parade calls for equal rights http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57764166 Sao Paulo gay pride parade calls for equal rights -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Sao Paulo (AFP) - Revelers thronged central Sao Paulo for the city's annual gay pride parade Sunday as they pushed for legislation criminalizing homophobic behavior. <BR> <BR> The march, considered the world's largest gay parade, drew tens of thousands of people from across society, including some churchgoers who joined in after attending mass and who said they backed the cause. <BR> <BR> President Dilma Rousseff, who is ... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:20:22 EST First openly gay Episcopal bishop announces.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57764122 First openly gay Episcopal bishop announces divorce from husband -- <BR> <BR> <BR> (Reuters) - The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, whose election to lead the diocese of New Hampshire kicked off a firestorm of controversy a decade ago, said on Sunday he was divorcing his husband after four years of marriage. <BR> <BR> Gene Robinson, who retired as a bishop in 2013, announced the split in a letter to the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and in a personal essay published in... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:18:09 EST Arkansas AG supports gay marriage, will defend ban http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57764099 Arkansas AG supports gay marriage, will defend ban -- <BR> <BR> <BR> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Saturday he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriages in court. <BR> <BR> McDaniel, a Democrat serving his final year as the state's top attorney, became the first statewide official in Arkansas to back same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> "I want to tell you I do support marriage equality and... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:16:26 EST LGBT Icon: Sally Ride: National Hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57750418 b. May 26, 1951 <BR> <BR> d. July 23, 2012 <BR> <BR> “Young girls need to see role models. You can’t be what you can’t see.” <BR> <BR> Sally Ride was the first female American astronaut in space. <BR> <BR> Born in Los Angeles, Ride excelled in science and sports. She was a nationally ranked junior tennis player and earned a tennis scholarship to a private high school. While playing in college, she got the attention of Billie Jean King, who encouraged Ride to play professionally. Ride d... Sun, 4 May 2014 09:09:58 EST 5.4: Go Inside The Groundbreaking Camp For Gender- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57750383 Go Inside The Groundbreaking Camp For Gender-Nonconforming Kids Where History Is Being Made <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/03/yo<BR>u-are-you-camp_n_5241684.html?utm_hp_r<BR>ef=gay-voices </link> Sun, 4 May 2014 09:06:25 EST LGBT Icon: Ma Rainey: Singer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57740392 b. April 26, 1886 <BR> <BR> d. December 22, 1939 <BR> <BR> “You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.” <BR> <BR> Ma Rainey, called the “Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American blues singers and recording artists. She is recognized as one of the great female blues vocalists. <BR> <BR> Born Gertrude Pridgett in Columbus, Georgia, she was one of five children in a family of performers. From age 14, she sang and danced with traveling minstrel shows. At 18, she ... Sat, 3 May 2014 10:10:09 EST 5.3: WATCH: Kids Of Gay Parents Teach Us A Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57740361 WATCH: Kids Of Gay Parents Teach Us A Lesson About Love And What Is 'Normal' <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/01/ki<BR>ds-of-gay-parents-speak-team-angelica_<BR>n_5248069.html </link> Sat, 3 May 2014 10:07:35 EST White House hopeful wants state religion, gays off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57732968 Occupy Christ? White House hopeful wants state religion, gays off TV, and CEO pay cap -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Darrell Trigg wants to amend the Constitution to end the separation of church and state, and he wants your vote. The Tennessee engineer officially announced his candidacy for president Wednesday and will run on an explicitly Christian platform – sprinkled with some Occupy Wall Street-style populism. <BR> <BR> During a National Day of Prayer event Thursday in his Rogersville, Tenn., home... Fri, 2 May 2014 16:48:37 EST Wash. Supreme Court Gets First LGBT Justice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57728219 Wash. Supreme Court Gets First LGBT Justice -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington governor Jay Inslee made history today when he appointed Mary Yu to the state's Supreme Court, marking the first time an openly LGBT person or a woman of Asian and Latina descent has joined the bench. <BR> <BR> The 57-year-old lesbian spent the past 14 years as a King County Superior Court justice, being reelected to her seat four consecutive times. Yu, a Chicago native whose parents were immigrants from Mexico and C... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:37:42 EST Anti-gay group: Businesses ‘trample’ the freedom.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57728068 Anti-gay group: Businesses ‘trample’ the freedom of Christians by serving LGBT people -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Buddy Smith, the leader of a group that opposes equal rights for LGBT people, argued this week that businesses in Mississippi were “bullying” Christians by advertising non-discrimination policies. <BR> <BR> As WLOX reported last week, Mitchell Moore, the owner of Campbell’s Bakery in Fondren, started providing local businesses with “We Don’t Discriminate” decals after his state passed t... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:25:41 EST 5.1.2014 Happy May Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57712745 Happy May Day everyone! I hope whatever you have going on today, it goes well. What plans do you have for this new month ahead? Anything your fellow sparkers can help with or understand? Share them with us, that is why we are here after all! Thu, 1 May 2014 07:00:22 EST Team Spark Goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57702158 Good morning team, <BR> <BR> I was in the middle of distributing team spark goodies when Spark decided to roll-out the changes to their platform. Unfortunately, the goodie distribution platform is not working and I wasn't able to distribute all of the team goodies for Fitness Minutes. When this gets fixed I will distribute. Thanks for your patience. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:04:34 EST 4.30: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57700172 Ignore this post. Wrong team. Sorry. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:48:49 EST 4.30.2014 Our Oldest Bookstore Closing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57698590 Giovanni's Room, which is believed to be the nation's oldest surviving bookstore catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will be closing it's doors in May. It's sad that the competition is forcing it to close it's doors. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1k01r.kp/U2AZ2uYQiHBcYbgkB<BR>5339 </link> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:44:42 EST 4.29: Defending True Religious Liberty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57692873 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-h<BR>eath/defending-true-united-church-of-c<BR>hrist_b_5226298.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-vo<BR>ices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:00:40 EST Citing religious freedom, NC clergymen sue state.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57677478 Citing religious freedom, NC clergymen sue state for right to perform same-sex marriages -- <BR> <BR> <BR> In a twist on the conservative argument over the separation of church and state, a group of clergymen filed suit in North Carolina today challenging state laws that make it illegal for them to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples within their congregations. <BR> <BR> The clergymen, representing the United Church of Christ, as well as Lutheran, Baptist, and Unitarian congreg... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:59:41 EST LGBT Icon: Bruce Nugent: Author http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57662781 b. July 2, 1906 <BR> <BR> d. May 27, 1987 <BR> <BR> “You’d be surprised how good homosexuality is. I love it.” <BR> <BR> Bruce Nugent was a writer and artist during the Harlem Renaissance. He was the first out black writer. <BR> <BR> He was born Richard Bruce Nugent to a middle class African-American family in Washington, D.C. After his father died in 1920, Nugent moved to New York to live with his mother. When he told her he was going to be an artist, she sent him back to Washington. <BR... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:30:17 EST 4.27: Lead Singer Of Popular Christian Band Surpri http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57662748 Lead Singer Of Popular Christian Band Surprises Many With Pro-Gay Tweets <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/ja<BR>rs-of-clay-gay-marriage_n_5214742.html<BR>?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:27:32 EST Missouri GOP begins impeachment of governor for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57658495 Missouri GOP begins impeachment of governor for giving gay couples equal tax breaks -- <BR> <BR> Republicans in the Missouri legislature are schedule to begin impeachment proceedings against Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday because he has said that same-sex couples could file state returns jointly, allowing them to receive the same tax breaks as straight couples. <BR> <BR> Although Missouri does not allow same-sex couples to marry within the state, Nixon announced last year that coup... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:58:32 EST Baptist conference warns pastors: Gay people have http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57658482 Baptist conference warns pastors: Gay people have the morality of biblical extortionists -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Russell D. Moore, the president of Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, on Tuesday encouraged pastors to minister to LGBT people, which he said would be like Jesus meeting with tax collectors in the Bible. <BR> <BR> In biblical times, tax collectors — or publicans — were thought of as extortionists and traitors. The Romans recruited Jews to collect taxes from their... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:56:57 EST LGBT Icon: Simon Nkoli: South African Activist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57650763 b. November 26, 1957 <BR> <BR> d. November 30, 1998 <BR> <BR> “I am black and I am gay. I cannot separate the two into secondary or primary struggles.” <BR> <BR> Simon Nkoli was a South African anti-apartheid, gay rights and AIDS activist. He is recognized as the founder of South Africa’s black gay movement. <BR> <BR> Nkoli was born in Soweto. At a young age, he was sent to live on a farm with his grandparents to avoid apartheid. He spent any spare moment in the classroom. Eventually his ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:08:55 EST 4.26: WATCH: Grandpa Pledges Support To Gay Grands http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57650716 WATCH: Grandpa Pledges Support To Gay Grandson In Surprising (And Awesome) Way <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/gr<BR>andpa-gay-grandson_n_5214585.html?utm_<BR>hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:06:07 EST What a song! What a message! What a cute chick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57633147 Haven't been sparking much, but I do think of all my teams and friends. <BR> <BR> Rarely even look at huff post (gay or otherwise) because I'm not into things that separate us, but this popped out at me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/ka<BR>cey-musgraves-follow-your-arrow_n_5207<BR>572.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:51:05 EST 4.24.2014 Norman Spack Speaks Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57625375 Norman Spack is a well respected doctor and one of the leading doctors helping transgender teens make their transitions easier. He also gave a compelling speech at Boston's Children Hospital recently to bring some light to others about the affects on young people. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1jnj3.ks/U1gw2-YQrfh90-e0B<BR>9ffb </link> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:07:33 EST NASA chief touts deep space exploration: We can... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57620071 NASA chief touts deep space exploration: We can only survive if we are a multi-planet species -- <BR> <BR> <BR> NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Tuesday that humanity faced certain extinction unless it developed the technology to colonize other planets. <BR> <BR> “We today are Earth-reliant,” he said at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014, held at George Washington University in Washington. “We are dependent on being on this planet. We are not a multi-planet species yet. I don’t know whe... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:00 EST 4.23.2014 Georgia Under Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57612836 The Georgia courts are under fire now as they will not recognize same sex marriages, even from other states so there are lawsuits pending from the Supreme Court. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1jkym.ks/U1bYVOYQeY64_qjqC<BR>e67f </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:22:31 EST 4.22: Fired Lesbian Chief Gets Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57610315 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/22/cr<BR>ystal-moore-fired-lesbian-police-chief<BR>_n_5187553.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:47:49 EST Students defy SC lawmakers, snap up tickets to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57592050 Students defy SC lawmakers, snap up tickets to college’s lesbian-themed musical -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Students at a South Carolina public university are snapping up tickets to the musical “Fun Home” after state lawmakers approved a proposed cut in school funding over the critically acclaimed lesbian memoir on which the musical is based. <BR> <BR> Outraged over the proposed budget cut for the College of Charleston, which was triggered by a freshman reading assignment, the cast of the Pulitzer P... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:22:24 EST Funny or Die’s ‘Creationist Cosmos’: God created - http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57592001 Funny or Die’s ‘Creationist Cosmos’: God created everything — except for gay people -- <BR> <BR> Creationists who believe God created the entire universe in six days about 6,000 years ago have been aghast at the reboot of Carl Sagan’s legendary “Cosmos” series. <BR> <BR> Some creationists have demanded their views receive equal airtime on the show to provide balance. Others have complained that astrophysicist and host Neil deGrasse Tyson was promoting “blind faith” in science. Evangelist Ra... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:20:02 EST Alabama woman guns down son’s gay lover at a... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57591942 Alabama woman guns down son’s gay lover at truck stop -- <BR> <BR> <BR> An Alabama woman has been charged with murder after allegedly fatally shooting her son’s boyfriend. <BR> <BR> Tuscaloosa County Deputies said that 51-year-old Anita T. Hill’s son was “involved in a long-term relationship” with 36-year-old Jamie R. Johnson. According to deputies, the three agreed to meet at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla on Monday to talk. <BR> <BR> Investigators determined that the group talked for a w... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:16:37 EST Religious Oregon teens wear ‘Gay Is Not OK’ shirts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57591913 Religious Oregon teens wear ‘Gay Is Not OK’ shirts to school to protest lack of ‘straight day’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A small group of Oregon teens have provoked controversy by wearing shirts that read “Gay Is Not OK” and “Gay Day Is Not OK” to their high school. <BR> <BR> “I just made it say ‘Gay Day is not OK,’ because I don’t believe that it’s OK,” Oregon City High School student Alex Borho told KPTV. <BR> <BR> Borho and some of his friends wore the shirts to school during the National Day ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:14:28 EST New ST group for queer women http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57581116 I just started a new SparkTeam for lesbian, bisexual, trans, and other queer-identified women. AFABs are also welcome, because of the unique dietary needs of the female body. I started this group mainly because all the other female-oriented LGBT groups seemed geared more towards the Ls and not so much the Bs and Ts. Can't wait to see some of you there! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62871 </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:56:53 EST LGBT Icon: Queen Latifah: Entertainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57577414 b. March 18, 1970 <BR> <BR> “You have to believe in your ideas and fight for it.” <BR> <BR> Known as "Hip-Hop’s First Lady," Queen Latifah is an acclaimed entertainer in music, film and television. She has received a Grammy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. <BR> <BR> Born Dana Elaine Owens in Newark, New Jersey, she was raised in the Baptist faith and attended Catholic school. At age 8, a Muslim cousin gave her the nickname Latifah, an Arabic word meaning “delicat... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:45:21 EST 4.20: And The World's Most Accepting Nation For Ga http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57577359 And The World's Most Accepting Nation For Gays Is... <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/18/pe<BR>w-gay-acceptance-poll-_n_5175296.html?<BR>utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:41:21 EST LGBT Icon: Nathan Lane: Actor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57568304 b. February 3, 1956 <BR> <BR> “I think it is healthy to speak the truth, and be who you are, and be proud of that. <BR> <BR> Nathan Lane is an award-winning film, television and theater actor. He has received three Emmys, two Tony Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. <BR> <BR> Born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey, to an Irish Catholic family, he changed his name to Nathan after the character Nathan Detroit in the musical “Guys and Dolls”—a role he later played on Broadway. Afte... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:20:28 EST 4.19: 21 DRAG ARTISTS ONE QUEER NEW WORLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57568279 Queer New World: Radically Creating And Existing Together <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/19/qu<BR>eer-new-world-finale_n_5163977.html?ut<BR>m_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:17:35 EST 4.17.2014 Trouble With Laws In Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57542416 There is trouble for us in Arizona as there happens to be a law in place that allows police to arrest transgender people and charge them with prostitution to put them away. I cannot believe that things like this are actually happening. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1j9tz.kw/U070A-YQU9UGkKQdB<BR>2281 </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:43:07 EST 4.16.2014 Malta Takes Big Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57530304 Late Monday, the Maltese parliament legalized gay partnerships and adoption rights. It is pretty major and a big step for us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1j78f.kx/U02gLOYQUvyLarjrC<BR>cc81 </link> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:11:06 EST Anti-gay crusader Peter LaBarbara detained in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57507388 Anti-gay crusader Peter LaBarbara detained in Canada under ‘hate propaganda’ law -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Longtime anti-LGBT crusader and leader of the group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) Peter LaBarbera was denied entry into Canada on Thursday. <BR> <BR> According to BarbWire.com, the country blocked LaBarbera at the border under its “hate propaganda” law, which forbids the spread of misinformation and hate speech about protected groups, the type of defamatory speech that ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:19:37 EST LGBT Icon: Brenda Howard: Activist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57494120 b. December 24, 1946 <BR> <BR> d. June 28, 2005 <BR> <BR> “Bi, Poly, Switch—I’m not greedy, I know what I want.” <BR> <BR> Brenda Howard was an LGBT activist. She organized the first Pride parade and is known as the “Mother of Pride.” <BR> <BR> Born in the Bronx, Howard was raised on Long Island. In the 1960s, she became involved in the anti-war and feminist movements. <BR> <BR> Howard participated in the 1969 Stonewall riots that marked a turning point in the gay rights movement. A ye... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:11:56 EST 4.13: GLAAD AWARDS 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57494079 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/13/je<BR>nnifer-lopez-glaad-award_n_5141618.htm<BR>l?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:09:29 EST LGBT Icon: Tom of Finland: Artist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57483391 b. May 8, 1920 <BR> <BR> d. November 7, 1991 <BR> <BR> "My whole life long I have done nothing but interpret my dreams of ultimate masculinity, and draw them." <BR> <BR> Tom of Finland was an artist whose sexually charged drawings of musclemen impacted gay culture. He is known as the most influential creator of homoerotic images. <BR> <BR> Born Touko Laaksonen in a small Finnish town, he was the son of two school teachers. At 19, Laaksonen moved to Helsinki to study advertising and bega... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:43:59 EST 4.12: LOOK: Soccer Star Shut Downs An Anti-Gay Hat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57483360 LOOK: Soccer Star Shut Downs An Anti-Gay Hater In The Best Way Possible <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/mi<BR>ke-magee-gay-tweet_n_5134878.html?utm_<BR>hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:40:40 EST Pro-LGBT church turns tables by using ‘religious.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57472380 Pro-LGBT church turns tables by using ‘religious freedom’ to save gay Boy Scout leader-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A church in Washington state is refusing to back down and fire a gay scout leader after the Boy Scouts of America revoked his membership. <BR> <BR> Last last month, the Boy Scouts of America banned 49-year-old Geoff McGrath from Troop 98, which meets at Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle, because he was thought to be the only openly-gay Scoutmaster in the country. <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:10:49 EST Mike Huckabee:I'mNot A Hater. I'm Not Homophobic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57472360 Mike Huckabee: 'I'm Not A Hater. I'm Not Homophobic.' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) explained his views on gay marriage Tuesday, insisting that his opposition rests in how the Bible was written. <BR> <BR> In his keynote address to the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, Huckabee told the crowd that he is "not against anybody." <BR> <BR> "I'm not a hater," Huckabee said, according to CNN. "I'm not homophobic." <BR> <BR> Huckabee added that he did not care what p... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:08:33 EST 4.10.2014 Church Stands Proud With Scout Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57460276 Geoffrey McGrath. who was recently forced to stop being a scout troop leader by the Boy Scouts Of America has gained support from his local church. Rainier Beach United Methodist Church will stand proud with McGrath and still have him lead their troop activities regardless of what the official organization has done. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1iuvw.kz/U0W01OYQTQtvsMldC<BR>6e20 </link> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:04:20 EST 4.9.2014 Honey Maid Is Standing Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57444398 Recently, the Honey Maid company released an ad that was inclusive of the LGBTQ community and likewise was attacked by groups like One Million Moms and others. They are not only willing to keep the ad running, but they released another clip in response that is even better! Cheers to the graham crackers! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1isiz.kz/U0RqW-YQFpCGk-OoB<BR>e3b4 </link> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:57:27 EST 4.8: LGBT Ugandans in Hiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57442949 This is so sad... <BR> <link>www.advocate.com/world/2014/04/08/wa<BR>tch-lgbt-ugandans-hiding-suicidal-foll<BR>owing-jail-gays-law </link> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:25:34 EST Technological breakthrough? U.S. Navy says it can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57426228 Technological breakthrough? U.S. Navy says it can now convert seawater into fuel -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel. <BR> <BR> The development of a liquid hydrocarbon fuel is being hailed as “a game-changer” because it would significantly shorten the supply chain, a weak link that makes any force easier to attack. <BR> <BR> The ultimate goal is to even... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:52:06 EST What would LBJ have thought about gay marriage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57421272 Katie Couric with: LBJ's daughters on Civil Rights Act at age 50 -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters reflected on what their father would think of gay marriage, how his legacy was tarnished by a war that broke his heart, and what it was like to honeymoon with the Secret Service in tow in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. <BR> <BR> Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, took Couric around their fat... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:54:14 EST No, Sweden is not full of gay nannies. Those are.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57421144 No, Sweden is not full of gay nannies. Those are the dads. -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Some foreign visitors have been confused by all the men with babies to be found in public in Sweden. But actually, it's an effect of Sweden's generous paternity leave. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>news.yahoo.com/no-sweden-not-full-ga<BR>y-nannies-those-dads-120007836.html </link> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:47:25 EST Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57421098 Mormon leader outlines opposition to gay marriage -- <BR> <BR> <BR> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top Mormon leader reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage during the church's biannual general conference. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on homosexuality has softened in recent years, but this marks the second consecutive conference in which leaders took time to emphasize the faith's insistence that marriage should be limited to unions between a man and a woman, ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:44:21 EST Kink.com May Leave SF Because of .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57421034 Kink.com May Leave SF Because of Tight California Porn Laws -- <BR> <BR> <BR> SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Pornography purveyor Kink.com has asked San Francisco for permission to convert its Mission District studios to office space because the company feels bound by state restrictions on shooting adult films. <BR> <BR> Kink.com has been using the landmark Armory on Mission and 14th streets as studios to produce pornographic films since it bought the building for more than $14 million in 2006. <B... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:41:20 EST LGBT Icon: Martin Duberman: Historian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57406997 b. August 6, 1930 <BR> <BR> “I’m overwhelmed at the great distance that we have all traveled.” <BR> <BR> Martin Duberman is a historian, a playwright, an LGBT activist and the founder of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School. He is an acclaimed author of more than 20 books. <BR> <BR> Duberman was born in New York City. He graduated with honors from Yale and received his Ph.D. in American history from Harvard. In 1961, Duberman won... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:27:03 EST 4.6: LOVE ANYWHERE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57406958 Responding To Harlem's Anti-Gay Pastor With Love And Beauty <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-e-arnold<BR>/love-anywhere_b_5086952.html?utm_hp_r<BR>ef=gay-voices </link> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:24:02 EST LGBT Icon: Elio Di Rupo: Belgium Prime Minister http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57394585 b. July 18, 1951 <BR> <BR> “My life is a fairy tale. You could not make it up." <BR> <BR> Elio Di Rupo is the prime minister of Belgium and head of the Socialist Party. He is the first openly gay man to lead a nation. <BR> <BR> One of seven children born to Italian Catholic immigrants, Di Rupo was raised in a small town in Belgium’s French-speaking Wallonia region. His father died when Di Rupo was one year old. Because his illiterate mother was unable to raise seven children, Di Rupo and... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:25:20 EST 4.5: Gay Dads Raise A Baby In Paradise, Inspire Pa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57394513 Gay Dads Raise A Baby In Paradise, Inspire Parents Everywhere <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/05/do<BR>ug-rigg-gay-dad_n_5080761.html?utm_hp_<BR>ref=gay-voices </link> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:18:34 EST AIDS doctor doubts cure for AIDS anytime soon -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57383647 AIDS doctor doubts there will be a complete cure -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the most prominent HIV researchers and clinicians in the country told the Bay Area Reporter that while functional cure has been identified in a few AIDS patients, he doesn't see a complete cure occurring anytime soon. <BR> <BR> Dr. Michael Saag, a physician and HIV researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, made the comments in a recent interview with the B.A.R. at the Omni Hotel while in San Francisco pr... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:59:21 EST News Briefs: Site reveals Milk stamp design -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57383573 News Briefs: Site reveals Milk stamp design-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A news site that covers the postal service revealed this week the design for the long anticipated Harvey Milk stamp. <BR> <BR> According to Linn's Stamp News, it features a black and white photo of Milk, the first LGBT person to be elected to public office in San Francisco when he won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977, surrounded by a black background with his name spelled out overhead in white type. In the upper left-ha... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:52:42 EST Gay man sues America's Cup -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57383529 Gay man sues America's Cup -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay former America's Cup employee is suing operators of the yacht race, claiming he was wrongfully terminated after top officials mocked his sexuality. <BR> <BR> In his civil complaint filed March 13 in San Francisco Superior Court, Larry Jacobson, who worked as a VIP spectator boat captain during the races last summer, says one man made a limp wrist gesture at him, while another called him a "poof," a derogatory term for homosexual. <BR> <B... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:48:22 EST Same-sex couples tie the knot in the UK -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57383498 Same-sex couples tie the knot in England -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales began getting married last week. <BR> <BR> Andrew Wale and Neil Allard in Brighton, and Peter McGraith and David Cabreza in Islington, were two of the first couples to marry, reported Gay Star News. <BR> <BR> The first marriages March 29 marked a historic moment as the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales, signed by Queen Elizabeth II in July, went into effect after dec... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:45:23 EST 4.3.2014 Wonder Woman Stands Strong For Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57370816 Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is getting behind our rights yet again as she supports a girl being forced from a christian school for not looking like a girl. Whoohoo for Wonder Woman! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>links.mkt335.com/ctt?kn=39&ms=NjMyMD<BR>MwOAS2&r=NDU2MTkzNzE0MTkS1&b=0&j=NDIwM<BR>jA4NjMzS0&mt=1&rt=0 </link> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:04:34 EST 34.2.2014 Boy Scouts Back At It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57357483 Well, the boy scouts are up to some more tricks. They are in the news gain as they have forced a leader out of his post as he is openly gay. The boy scouts have recently opened up groups for gay members, but still will not allow gay leaders. Maybe someday they will see the light. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1idbb.lq/UzsrK-YQ7CeE9rBvC<BR>e342 </link> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:12:46 EST 4.01: Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57345245 I was actually reading an article criticizing this article, and that's how I came upon it. I actually thought it made some great points, and there are some quotes that I really like. It is discouraging, though, to think that your preference has to be scientifically shown to exist. I mean, isn't that someone feels that way enough to show it exists in some way? I don't know... <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/magazine/<BR>the-scientific-quest-to-prove-bisexual<BR>ity-exists.html?_r=... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:09:18 EST March Team Stats: Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x57342364 Great job! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) TWEETYKC00 3,720 <BR> 2) RIPPEDPAUL1 3,679 <BR> 3) 144AUTUMN 3,465 <BR> 4) BONNIEMARGAY 3,203 <BR> 5) MANDAROSE80 3,128 <BR> 6) NODOOVERS 3,104 <BR> 7) GORDONFREECHMAN 3,057 <BR> 8) ANDREWSBEARD 3,008 <BR> 9) JIMSTER 2,851 <BR> 10) JENVAMPVEGAS 2,732 <BR> 11) JCP1979 2,635 <BR> 12) LISAWOMYN 2,614 <BR> 13) CORRALES_SCOTT 2,587 <BR> 14) MISCHIEFBOI 2,490 <BR> 15) TENNISJIM 2,480 <BR> 16) SABLE67 2,438 <BR> 17) ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:36:25 EST Suspects in Nigeria gay trial released on bail -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57337034 Suspects in Nigeria gay trial released on bail -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Two Islamic courts in northern Nigeria have secretly released on bail seven men on trial for allegedly breaking the law on homosexuality, a prison official and a court clerk said on Friday. <BR> <BR> The seven were among a dozen men formally charged by the Bauchi State Sharia Commission on January 6 with belonging to a gay club and having received funding from the United States for an apparent membersh... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:06:48 EST Despite new law, Ugandan cleric ministers to gays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57337005 Despite new law, Ugandan cleric ministers to gays -- <BR> <BR> <BR> KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Young men sing hymns and recite the Bible before the Rev. Christopher Senyonjo gives a sermon on human sexuality. When the service is over some go to his desk, one by one, for counselling no other Ugandan religious leader is known to offer gays. <BR> <BR> Dressed in a purple shirt and white collar that highlight his Anglican faith, Bishop Senyonjo doesn't organize his Sunday evening prayers for homos... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:03:53 EST A new challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x57329797 Is anybody up for doing a new challenge. Now that the holidays are behind us, and spring is among u (for some of us at least), would anyone be interested in doing a challenge? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:34:03 EST LGBT Icon: Anderson Cooper: Journalist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57315934 b. June 3, 1967 <BR> <BR> “I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” <BR> <BR> Anderson Cooper is an award-winning news anchor, author and talk show host. <BR> <BR> Born in New York City to a prominent family, Anderson Hays Cooper is the son of Wyatt Emory Cooper and heiress and entrepreneur Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper attended Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School. He matriculated to Yale, where he earned a bachelor’s... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:40:41 EST 3.30: The Heartbreaking Story Of A Rejected Gay Or http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57315710 The Heartbreaking Story Of A Rejected Gay Organ Donor <BR> <BR> Rohn Neugebauer's Body Is Rejected For Organ Donation Because He Was Gay <BR> ThinkProgress | by Judd Legum <BR> Posted: 03/28/2014 12:59 pm EDT Updated: 03/29/2014 6:59 pm EDT <BR> <BR> <link>thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/03/28/34<BR>20274/gay-organ-donor </link> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:25:00 EST LGBT Icon: Tim Cook: Entrepreneur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57301820 b. November 1, 1960 <BR> <BR> “You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall.” <BR> <BR> Tim Cook is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Apple, one of the world’s most valuable companies. In 2011, Steve Jobs handpicked Cook as his successor. <BR> <BR> Cook was born in Robertsdale, Alabama. He graduated high school second in his class and matriculated to Auburn University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He received a master’s degr... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:24:06 EST 3.29 This Mormon Family's 13-Year-Old Son Came Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57301800 Posted: 03/28/2014 <BR> <BR> This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” series installment challenges our readers by combining the triple threat of hot-button topics: politics, religion and sexual orientation. Read on as Rich Valenza of RaiseAChild.US shares his frank conversation with one truly amazing mom, Wendy Williams Montgomery. <BR> <BR> Click the link below to read this charming article. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/we<BR>... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:20:02 EST Prosecutors: Oregon woman beat 4-year-old son.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57291502 Prosecutors: Oregon woman beat 4-year-old son to death because she thought he was gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Prosecutors said an Oregon woman beat her 4-year-old son to death because she feared he was gay. <BR> <BR> Zachary Dutro-Boggess was hospitalized Aug. 14, 2012, the day after his fourth birthday, with trauma to his abdomen that caused tears to his bowel, and urine and fecal matter seeped into his body cavity and damaged his vital organs. <BR> <BR> He had collapsed at the homeless shelte... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:23:39 EST Gay couples find uneven access to health insurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57291478 Gay couples find uneven access to health insurance -- <BR> <BR> <BR> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly every day for three months, Carl Bechdel had to make calls or send emails to try to get family insurance coverage for his husband and himself under President Barack Obama's landmark health law. <BR> <BR> The Harrisburg, Pa., couple had sent an insurer their application and a month's premium in early December but heard nothing. Weeks later, they were told their application was not processed bec... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:21:08 EST Christian group blames ‘restroom concerns’ for ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57291438 Christian group blames ‘restroom concerns’ for tomboy’s removal from private school -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The conservative Liberty Counsel made vague allusions to “sensitive” restroom use issues to defend a Christian school’s decision to bar an 8-year-old girl over her tomboy looks. <BR> <BR> Timberlake Christian School notified Sunnie Kahle and her great-grandparents that she cannot return because her boyish appearance contradicts a “biblical lifestyle.” <BR> <BR> “We believe that unless Sun... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:18:27 EST 3.27.2014 Michigan Ban IS Still On http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57281743 The state of Michigan is still fighting to keep marriage equality out. Gov. Snyder is fighting hard, even after a district court judge struck the ban down. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.cbc.ca/news/world/michigan-gay-m<BR>arriage-ban-back-on-more-than-300-nupt<BR>ials-to-go-unrecognized-1.2587414 </link> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:29:18 EST A Major Christian Charity Lifts Its Same-Sex.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57267923 A Major Christian Charity Lifts Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban for Employees --. <BR> <BR> <BR> World Vision, one of America's largest Christian charities, just made a small but important tweak to its employee handbook: it changed its definition of marriage. Like many religious non-profits, World Vision U.S. can privilege people with certain beliefs in their hiring practices. Until recently, one of those conditions of employment prohibited employees from engaging in sexual activity outsid... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:47:38 EST 3.26.2014 How Do We Investe In Equality http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57266490 There are so many ways that we as a group and as individuals can make a difference in the world. How do you do things to make changes for your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>links.mkt335.com/ctt?kn=56&ms=NjI4Mz<BR>Y5MgS2&r=NDU2MTkzNzE0MTkS1&b=0&j=NDAyN<BR>TY3ODE5S0&mt=1&rt=0 </link> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:01 EST 3.25: First Kiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57264061 I love these videos... They just make me smile. <BR> <BR> <link>www.advocate.com/health/love-and-sex<BR>/2014/03/25/watch-10-gay-men-kiss-firs<BR>t-time </link> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:21:46 EST Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57255363 Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies <BR> <BR> The 84-year-old founder of a Kansas church known for its anti-LGBT protests at public events died of natural causes Wednesday, March 19, CNN reports. Fred Phelps founded the Topeka–based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in 1955. The small congregation consists mainly of people related to Phelps through blood or marriage. <BR> <BR> Westboro preaches that the acceptance of homosexuality by the United States has brought God’s punishm... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:24:45 EST The Return of the Cold War? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57251240 This thread is for news, comments, and/or discussions on what is happening in Ukraine at the moment, and on a larger scale, what is happening with Russia. <BR> <BR> * NATO sounds alarm as Russian forces build on Ukraine border -- <link>news.yahoo.com/nato-sounds-alarm-rus<BR>sian-forces-build-ukraine-border-19181<BR>0986.html </link> <BR> <BR> * NATO to bolster defences of Baltic states amid Ukraine crisis. Prime Minister Cameron says British army will help beef up defences in Lithua... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:26:55 EST Justice Department 'closely monitoring' Michigan's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57250936 Justice Department 'closely monitoring' Michigan's gay marriage case -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing requests by several Michigan county clerks to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that occurred during a brief window Saturday before a federal appeals court issued a temporary stay halting more marriages. <BR> “The department is closely monitoring the situation,” spokeswoman Allison Pierce said Monday. <BR> Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum and East Lansing M... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:52:41 EST Anti-gay pastor who prayed for Obama’s death... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57250793 Anti-gay pastor who prayed for Obama’s death demands silence from women in church -- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Sunday, a pastor in Phoenix, Arizona implored his female congregants not to say “amen” in church. <BR> <BR> Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church garnered national attention in 2009 when he told his followers that he prays for the death of President Barack Obama every night. After being contacted by the Secret Service, he insisted that he “didn’t say he wanted his pa... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:39:59 EST 3.23: Trans Youth Find Community And Support On Th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57228308 Trans Youth Find Community And Support On The Internet <BR> <BR> <link>fusion.net/american_dream/story/tran<BR>s-youth-find-comfort-biggest-bullies-t<BR>ime-internet-515943 </link> <BR> <BR> Watch the video too. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 07:35:15 EST LGBT Icon: Tracy Chapman: Singer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57228206 b. March 30, 1964 <BR> <BR> “I’d like to live as if only love mattered.” <BR> <BR> Tracy Chapman is a multi-platinum, four-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Two of her songs have reached the Top 10 on the BillboardHot 100 chart, and her first No. 1 hit, “Fast Car,” was named one of the best songs of all time by Rolling Stone. <BR> <BR> Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Chapman was raised by her single mother and older sister. During Chapman’s childhood, Cleveland began integrating its school s... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 07:23:06 EST Here’s why a lesbian golfer just won $359,000 from http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57207589 Here’s why a lesbian golfer just won $359,000 from the University of Minnesota -- <BR> <BR> <BR> This week, a remarkable trial concluded with a detailed finding of facts by a judge in Minnesota. He awarded a woman named Katie Brenny almost $360,000 after a three-year lawsuit. And while there’s been a small amount of media attention paid to Brenny’s victory, it’s received little national media exposure. <BR> <BR> And that’s a shame, because the 38-page decision by Hennepin County Judge Thom... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:33:29 EST Bill Donahue wants to ruin New York City’s LGBT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57207553 Bill Donahue wants to ruin New York City’s LGBT pride parade by participating in it -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Longtime anti-LGBT activist and Catholic League head Bill Donohue has applied to march in New York City’s 2014 LGBT pride parade in June, but intends to carry a banner that reads “Straight is Great.” <BR> <BR> Michelangelo Signorille at Huffington Post reported that Donohue made the application in protest of the Guinness beer company’s decision to back out of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:31:02 EST Founder of Westboro Baptist Church--DEAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57200694 Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, has died -- <BR> <BR> Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church — infamous for its “God Hates Fags” campaign — passed away last night. <BR> <BR> His son, Timothy Phelps, confirmed his father’s passing to WIBW. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/20/fred-<BR>phelps-founder-of-westboro-baptist-chu<BR>rch-has-died/ </link> <BR> ========================================<BR>======================= <BR> <BR> All ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:37:45 EST 3.20.2014 Rainbow House Turns 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57193882 The rainbow house used by Plantingpeace.org to fight against the Westboro Baptist Church and its bigotry is turning year old. It has been a good year of a good fight for equality. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1hlu6.lx/UyoHquYQMDG0WVoDB<BR>2208 </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:45:38 EST 3.19.2014 Transgenders Make Headway At LA Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57181293 LA Pride is making an extra effort this year to ensure that the transgender community is not only included, but put in the forefront of events to raise awareness. Other groups in the community have always taken off with events like this, so it is pretty big to have that change. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>links.mkt335.com/ctt?kn=57&ms=NjI1Mz<BR>Q0MQS2&r=NDU2MTkzNzE0MTkS1&b=0&j=NDAxO<BR>DMyNjk1S0&mt=1&rt=0 </link> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:02:31 EST 3.18: Arkansas High School Stops Yearbook Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57178461 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/17/sh<BR>eridan-school-gay-yearbook_n_4979958.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> <BR> <BR> Hmmm... I wasn't sure how to feel about this one. I feel like the school has the best intentions, but it sucks they have to feel the need to do that. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:21:44 EST Wyoming GOP lawmaker: Promiscuous gays weaponizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57166090 Wyoming GOP lawmaker: Promiscuous gays weaponizing AIDS for a ‘national suicide’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A newly apportioned state Republican representative in Wyoming is standing by claims he made at the height of the AIDS panic in a book entitled The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety. <BR> <BR> Among the more outlandish claims in the book, which was self-published by Rep. Troy Mader (R-Gillette) in 1984, are that “[h]omosexuals…purposely inf... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:18:14 EST South Dakota GOP lawmaker: KKK business owners.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57166049 South Dakota GOP lawmaker: KKK business owners deserve right to ban blacks and gays -- <BR> <BR> <BR> South Dakota state Sen. Phil Jensen (R) believes that a recently-killed bill that would have let companies discriminate against LGBT people should have also let businesses owners in the Ku Klux Klan refuse service to African-Americans. <BR> <BR> Last week, the State Senate Judiciary voted, five to two, to kill Jensen’s SB 128, which went even beyond Arizona’s failed discrimination bill by... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:15:24 EST LGBT Icon: Willa Cather: Author http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57146706 b. December 7, 1873 <BR> <BR> d. April 24, 1947 <BR> <BR> “The end is nothing, the road is all.” <BR> <BR> Willa Cather was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the most prominent American writers of the early 20th century. She is best known for her novels “O Pioneers!” and “My Antonia.” <BR> <BR> Born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia, Cather was the oldest of seven children. At age 10, she and her extended family moved to Red Cloud, Nebraska. During adolescence, Cather was known fo... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:39:56 EST 3.16: Boston's Mayor Opts Out Of St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57146679 Boston's Mayor Opts Out Of St. Patrick's Day Parade After Gay Discussions Fail <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/16/ma<BR>rty-walsh-st-patricks-day-_n_4974648.h<BR>tml?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:37:24 EST LGBT Icon: Mandy Carter: Activist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x57133870 Activist <BR> <BR> b. November 2, 1948 <BR> <BR> “Sometimes you have to be bold and take a risk.” <BR> <BR> Mandy Carter describes herself as an “out, southern, black, lesbian, social justice activist.” She has been advocating for human rights for more than 45 years. <BR> <BR> Born in Albany, New York, Carter was raised in orphanages and the foster care system. After high school, she attended Hudson Valley Community College before dropping out and moving to New York City. She met a group... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:49:04 EST 3.15: The 'Hidden Gay Agenda' Movie Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57133827 There has been much speculation of late from conservative Christian commentators about a "hidden homosexual agenda" in the animated Disney film Frozen. The theories go something like this: In Frozen, one of the characters has a hidden power that she tries to suppress, but ultimately she learns to accept it. This is a metaphor for the homosexual agenda, the conservative theorists theorize, because initially her power (her secret quality) is hidden from the rest of the world, but eventually she... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:45:24 EST Mississippi religious group pushing for pastors to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57131276 Mississippi religious group pushing for pastors to back anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ bill -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Mississippi religious group is waging an email campaign urging church members to lobby on behalf of a “religious freedom” bill critics contend would allow for discrimination against members of the LGBT communities. <BR> <BR> The email from the Christian Action Commission, obtained by The Raw Story Friday afternoon, states in part, “Ask your minister to ask people in the pew this ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:27:32 EST Federal judge rules that Tennessee must recognize- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57131238 Federal judge rules that Tennessee must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages -- <BR> <BR> <BR> NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. <BR> <BR> Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final de... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:24:33 EST 3.13.2014 Sewer Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57109663 Some LGBTQ youths in Jamaica have had to go live in the sewers. They are mistreated at the local shelters and have been kicked out of their homes so a judge has ruled that sewers are public spaces and that they have the right to be there if they choose. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1h73w.lz/UyDUM-YQljXtEYwFC<BR>fd5e </link> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:17:14 EST 3.12.2014 Colleges Punished For Teaching With LGBT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57096505 Colleges in South Carolina are receiving penalties for trying to include LGBT books into the studies of the school. Money from the state is being pulled from schools that are willing to be tolerant of the community. <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1h4jz.m0/Ux-CsuYQgFSq5CJqB<BR>a8d9 </link> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:02:54 EST 3.11: Disney's 'Frozen' Will Teach Kids To Be Gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57093739 If only it were that simple. It amazes me how ignorant people can be. I loved this movie, and that was before the "gay" moments were pointed out to me. Sorry, I saw this article and it got me all worked up. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/11/fr<BR>ozen-disney-kevin-swanson-gay-_n_49371<BR>92.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:11:32 EST Lesbian couple murdered and left near dumpster in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57076536 Lesbian couple murdered and left near dumpster in Texas -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Investigators in Texas on Sunday released a sketch of a man who they believe murdered a lesbian couple and left their bodies near a dumpster in Galveston. <BR> <BR> A beer deliveryman found the bodies of 24-year-old Britney Cosby and her longtime partner, 24-year-old Crystal Jackson on Friday beside a dumpster outside Fisherman’s Cove store near Highway 87, KHOU reported. <BR> <BR> “What did they do to you for yo... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:45:06 EST Free Online Class: Personal Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57074338 I wanted to share that I’m starting a FREE online class tomorrow that some of you might be interested in. I hope it will help me on my health and fitness journey. <BR> <BR> Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement <BR> <BR> <link>www.edx.org/course/harvardx/harvardx<BR>-gse1x-unlocking-immunity-change-940 </link> <BR> <BR> Apply new psychological theory about personal change to an improvement-goal of your own throughout the entire course. <BR> <BR> Abo... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:15:17 EST Rick Santorum to GOP: Sell the anti-LGBT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57067403 Rick Santorum to GOP: Sell the anti-LGBT ‘far-right’ agenda by talking like the pope -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday advised Republicans that it would be easier to oppose equal rights for LGBT people, roll back reproductive rights for women, and cut the social safety net if they adopted the rhetoric of Pope Francis. <BR> <BR> The day after the close of the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference, host Chris Wallace told Santorum tha... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:51:39 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x57062228 Hello everyone. I am from Connecticut, USA. I was a member of spark people a few years back and let myself get distracted from my weight loss goals. I am back now and looking for a good community to look to for support and encouragement. Being that I am a lesbian this seems to be a good one :P. Looking forward to making some new friends and learning from you all. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:15:16 EST Radio host Michael Medved tells CPAC no state... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57061549 Radio host Michael Medved tells CPAC no state tried to ban gay marriage: ‘That is a liberal lie’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative radio host Michael Medved made a startlingly false claim Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, reported Talking Points Memo. <BR> <BR> A panelist said during discussion on the shared goals of libertarians and social conservatives that the only religious liberties that had historically been infringed in this country were those of religious groups ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:07:20 EST 3.8.2014 Dentist To The Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57054130 A dentist in Texas has stepped up to help a victim from Austin's Gay Pride in 2012. The man had been attacked and had many of his teeth knocked out as a result so Dr. Gary Gash has been giving him free dental reconstructive surgery to fix his mouth. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1gyp9.m1/UxpGF-YQAzU137E-C<BR>ed17 </link> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 17:47:00 EST Catholic school boycotts Boston St. Patrick’s Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57037613 Catholic school boycotts Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over ‘gravely immoral’ gay veterans -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Catholic school in Massachusetts is refusing to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the first time in nearly 25 years because a group of LGBT military veterans were granted permission to participate this year. <BR> <BR> Last week, parade organizers said that the LGBT group MassEquality would be able to march in the St. Patrick’s Day after the request was denied four ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:50:08 EST Three male teens sexually assault Calif. transgend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57037579 Three male teens sexually assault Calif. transgender student in boy’s restroom -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Authorities in Hercules, California are investigating allegations that a transgender student was sexually assaulted at school while using the boy’s restroom, which is his right under a controversial state law. <BR> <BR> According to the Contra Coastal Times, the 15-year-old male, who was born a female, said he was in the boy’s bathroom on Monday when three male students assaulted him — both p... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:47:38 EST Anti-gay ‘Trail Life’ scouts protest AP photo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x57037527 Anti-gay ‘Trail Life’ scouts protest AP photo showing Nazi-like gesture -- <BR> <BR> <BR> On March 1, AP reporter Nomaan Merchant published a story about “Trail Life,” the new scouting alternative for families that don’t like new gay-friendly policies in the Boy Scouts. Merchant’s story showed up in various places, including the San Jose Mercury News. <BR> <BR> The story featured a lead image snapped by AP staff photographer LM Otero — a portion of which we’ve cropped, above, for its news ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:44:57 EST 3.6.2014 A Touching Story Of Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57024020 I thought we could appreciate this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1gu5v.m1/UxeqGuYQAzU136MWB<BR>12af </link> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:09:06 EST 3.5.2014 Support From Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x57010951 Of all places, the LGBTQ Community is getting plenty of support from Arizona. Voters are speaking out after the recent veto of the bill that would have granted discrimination of lesbians and gays from businesses based on religious beliefs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1gs19.m2/UxZa8-YQAzU135ycB<BR>9290 </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 06:43:50 EST